Today in History: April 4, 1968 – Dr. Martin Luther King is Assassinated

Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers’ strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead after his arrival at a Memphis hospital. He was 39 years old.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

 

Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr and Ralph Albernathy on the balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis before the shooting.