At 6:01 pm on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr., an American clergyman and civil rights leader, was fatally shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. A single bullet, fired by James Earl Ray from a boarding house located just across the balcony of Room 306 of Lorraine Motel where King was standing, entered through King’s right cheek and severed his spinal cord. He was pronounced dead an hour after he was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Room 306 of Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It is part of the complex of museums and historic buildings of National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.
Room 306 of Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It is part of the complex of museums and historic buildings of National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.
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The Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated is part of the complex of museums and historic buildings of National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.
Looking inside Room 306 of Lorraine Motel, where King was standing at its room balcony and was shot James Earl Ray from a boarding house located just across the building. The bullet entered through King's right cheek, severed his spinal cord and died an hour after he was rushed to the hospital.
Looking inside Room 306 of Lorraine Motel, where King was standing at its room balcony and was shot James Earl Ray from a boarding house located just across the building. The bullet entered through King’s right cheek, severed his spinal cord and died an hour after he was rushed to the hospital.
View looking out from the balcony of the Room 306 of Lorraine Motel, where King was standing when he was shot James Earl Ray from a boarding house located just across the building.
View looking out from the balcony of the Room 306 of Lorraine Motel, where King was standing when he was shot James Earl Ray from a boarding house located just across the building.
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The building in bricks is the boarding house room rented by assassin James Earl Ray on the campus of the National Civil RIghts Museum, Memphis. It is located right across the balcony of the Room 306 of Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was standing when he was shot James Earl Ray on the tragic day of April 4, 1968.

 

The then President Lyndon B. Johnson declared April 7 a national day of mourning. After years of campaign and a petition with 6 million signatures for King’s birthday to become a holiday,  President Ronald Reagan signed the bill in 1983 to designate the third Monday of January of each year as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is also around King’s birthday, January 15. Today, 48 years after the fateful day, Lorraine Motel at 50 Mulberry Street in Memphis is now the home of the National Civil Rights Museum.

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Lorraine Motel at 50 Mulberry Street in Memphis is now the home of the National Civil Rights Museum.

 

While many of us regard the holiday as a time off from our busy lives, may we be reminded of how this holiday came about and why.

Exhibits inside the National Civil Rights Museum (Lorraine Motel) in Memphis, Tennessee where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. He taught the world values like equality, courage, non-violence, justice, human dignity, and love.
Exhibits inside the National Civil Rights Museum (Lorraine Motel) in Memphis, Tennessee where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. He taught the world values like equality, courage, non-violence, justice, human dignity, and love.

 

May we be reminded of a great man and for all the brave people who fought for civil rights equality through peaceful means,  even at the cost of their own life.

National Civil Rights Museum (Lorraine Motel) in Memphis, Tennessee.
National Civil Rights Museum (Lorraine Motel) in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

 

National Civil Rights Museum (Lorraine Motel) in Memphis, Tennessee.
National Civil Rights Museum (Lorraine Motel) in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

May we honor the legacy Martin Luther King and the brave souls left for the country and the world.

Exhibits inside the National Civil Rights Museum (Lorraine Motel) in Memphis, Tennessee where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. He taught the world values like equality, courage, non-violence, justice, human dignity, and love.
Exhibits inside the National Civil Rights Museum (Lorraine Motel) in Memphis, Tennessee where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. He taught the world values like equality, courage, non-violence, justice, human dignity, and love.

 

May we immortalize the values of equality, courage, non-violence, justice, human dignity, and love.

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Exhibits inside the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. He taught the world values like equality, courage, non-violence, justice, human dignity, and love.

 

May we never waver to educate the generations to come of the respect and peace we all ought to give one another.

Exhibits inside the National Civil Rights Museum (Lorraine Motel) in Memphis, Tennessee where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. He taught the world values like equality, courage, non-violence, justice, human dignity, and love.
Exhibits inside the National Civil Rights Museum (Lorraine Motel) in Memphis, Tennessee where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. He taught the world values like equality, courage, non-violence, justice, human dignity, and love.

 

May we remember this important mark in our history, especially at times when our values as a nation are threatened.

The Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated is part of the complex of museums and historic buildings of National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated is part of the complex of museums and historic buildings of National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

“I have a dream.” May we never forget.

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Be the change you want to see in the world.

 

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At Lorraine Hotel in Memphis Tennessee. Be the change you want to see in the world.

 

 

 

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