Martin Luther King, Jr. is shot and killed by James Earl Ray outside the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
King’s last public appearance was the previous night; he made a speech in which he said the following:
"We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop…And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land."
- Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C.
- The Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
- Rev. Jesse Jackson walking through O’Hare Airport in Chicago, holding the paper from April 5, 1968 with the headline, “King Murdered.”