A Memphis jury’s UNANIMOUS verdict on December 8, 1999 RULED that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a conspiracy that included agencies of his own government. Almost 32 years after King’s murder at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968, a court extended the circle of responsibility for the assassination beyond the late scapegoat James Earl Ray to the United States government.
Memphis Tennessee | Martin Luther King was shot here in 1968 | I was only 2 years old. Strangely, I remember the panic visiting my aunt and uncle. We were advised to stay in and away from windows. Being an adult, I look back into this memory with sadness. What a great man. ~Ā~
April 4, 1968 — Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.Joseph Louw / The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Ralph Abernathy, Jesse Jackson, and others stand on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel and point in the direction of gunshots that killed American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis.
Dr. Martin Luther King Was Assassinated On This Date In 1968 He was, more than any single man, the voice and the instrument of the second American revolution. He materialized out of the streets and the Jim Crow churches of the South a dozen years ago, preaching brotherhood and nonviolence to a divided and violent land. For a time, incredibly, it worked- until the very forces he had helped set in in motion swept past him. Newsweek, April 15, 1968
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. His death shocked the country rocked by riots, civil discord, and a controversial war. ABC news did a 45 anniversary photo release of photos documenting the death of slain leader Martin Luther King Jr. #MLK #JamesEarlRay #LorraineMotel
On this day, March 10, 1969, James Earl Ray was convicted of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. after entering a guilty plea. His sentence was for 99 years in prison and died in jail in 1998, aged 70.