King assassination anniversary

  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be 89 years old now if his life wasn’t tragically taken in Memphis, Tennessee 50 years ago. Over the years, the dream Dr. King had for America and its children remains largely unrealized, and racial tensions along with division are higher than ever. On the eve of his […]

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — With an enthusiastic crowd filling Memphis’ Mason Temple Church of God in Christ, the atmosphere was heavy with nostalgia Tuesday for the evening 50 years ago that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his final speech. A gospel singer led a rousing rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and […]

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a common racial statistic: He was an unarmed Black man who was shot to death. Fifty years after King’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, Black Americans are still grappling with gun violence and a troubling pattern of white police officers gunning down unarmed Black men on the streets of America. […]

The shot that killed Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 was presumably fired from Jim’s Grill, a café on ground floor of a rooming house. James Earl Ray, King’s assassin, was staying there. But in 1993 Loyd Jowers, who ran Jim’s Grill, told ABC that he had received $100,000 from a man named […]