MEMPHIS, TN -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of our nations most influential civil rights leaders. His legacy helped transform our nation and his memory lives on in those he inspired.
47-years ago today, the civil rights icon was assassinated while he stood on the second floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. King was there to support a sanitation worker's strike.
In the 1950s, King lead a non-violent movement to end segregation and fought for civil and voting rights for African Americans.
James Earl Ray was convicted of killing King, and was sentenced to 99-years in prison.
A monument honoring King now stands on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.