47 Years Ago: Reflection on Anniversary of MLK’s Death

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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.

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