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14 Events That Happened Immediately After Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination

Updated 13 Jul 2020 15.0k views14 items

Almost 50 years later, society is still feeling the the effects of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. He was on the balcony of his Memphis, Tennessee hotel room when James Earl Ray fatally shot him in the face. Dr. King fell unconscious immediately, his vertebrae and cheekbones violently shattered, and was rushed to a hospital where he died an hour later at the age of 39.

The murder of Dr. King sent the nation into a frenzy. Riots broke out in over a hundred different cities as the American people tried to cope with the loss of such an influential figure. What happened immediately following the MLK Jr. assassination would be a mix of praise and criticism, dividing the nation and triggering debates about the fight for equality. 

However, one thing was certain - Dr. King would be remembered for not only his pivotal role in the civil rights movement, but also for his powerful words that stood at the precipice of change. 

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