American civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was in Memphis, Tennessee, supporting this group when he was fatally shot on April 4, 1968:
Striking sanitation workers
Schoolchildren integrating local schools
Striking bus drivers
Striking sanitation workers.
American civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was in Memphis, Tennessee, supporting striking sanitation workers when he was fatally shot on April 4, 1968, as he stood outside the Lorraine Motel. The 39-year-old minister preached nonviolence in the crusade for civil rights. Escaped convict James Earl Ray was convicted of King?s murder but later recanted his confession. Ray died in prison in 1998 amid lingering controversy surrounding his guilt.