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What is the exact date of Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder?

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pisces-born | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM via web

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What is the exact date of Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM (Answer #1)

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The exact date on which Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed was April 4, 1968.  He was shot while standing on the balcony outside of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee.  He died on the same day.  The shooter was a man named James Earl Ray.

King had come to Tennessee to help garbage workers who were striking for the right to form a union.  This was in keeping with the fact that he had moved away from issues of civil rights and towards issues of economic justice.   King had made this change after the Civil Rights Movement had won its battles over legal rights.

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maisie-m | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted April 22, 2012 at 3:29 PM (Answer #2)

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Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the 4th of April, 1968. It was a Thursday and the murder occurred at around 6:05pm.

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