Fifty years ago, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. sent shock waves around the world. The civil rights leader was fatally shot on April 4, 1968, while visiting Memphis, Tennessee, in support of black sanitation workers fighting for better pay. In commemoration of his life, take a look back through King's legacy. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. poses at City Hall with his wife Coretta Scott King and New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner on Dec. 17, 1964. Wagner had given King a medallion declaring him an honorary New Yorker. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leaves the press room at Kennedy International Airport on Dec. 16, 1964. King had just arrived from Sweden after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Behind King is a spokesman, Cleveland Robinson. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil and religious leaders make their way from Selma to Montgomery on March 22, 1965, in Alabama, on the third leg of the Selma to Montgomery marches. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. greets … [Read more...] about Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: Pictures of the historic civil rights leader
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It bears an eerie similarity to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. You can see where the sniper stood, in the boarding house across the street. You can see where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was standing when the single fatal shot struck him in the head. You can go inside his room at the Lorraine Motel, whose second floor bears the same ominous look it did 50 years ago. The arrival of April 4 means half a century has passed since the murder of Dr. King. But the site where his assassination took place is so much more than the place where a beacon of civil rights passed from Earth.It's now the home of the National Civil Rights Museum, which tells a story everyone should know. The museum offers 260 artifacts, more than 40 new films, oral histories and external listening posts that take you, numbingly, through five centuries of a shameful history — from slavery through the Civil War and Reconstruction, to the rise of Jim Crow that lingered even in North … [Read more...] about Walking in Memphis will soon lead you to the place where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. died 50 years ago
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Paraphrasing ministers before him, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Now 50 years have passed since the slaying of perhaps the most famous and influential civil rights leader of any time or place. In his mere 39 years, this member of a historic clan of Baptist ministers from Atlanta led nonviolent protests that met dogs' teeth, stones, jail time, headlines, a Nobel Peace Prize and landmarks laws like the Fair Housing Act, hastily finalized just seven days after his death. In his last 12 years, King often brought his crusade to Cleveland, leading drives to organize tenants, boycott discriminatory employers, curb police abuse and register voters. Today, Cleveland leaders who met King say the evils he fought endure, including discrimination, poverty, segregation, violence and voter suppression. But, despite big setbacks lately, they see progress overall and more to come. **** Future … [Read more...] about Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ties to Cleveland still strong 50 years after death
Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print BLADE ILLUSTRATION/JEFF BASTING Enlarge Fifty years ago this Wednesday, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis while visiting that city in support of its striking sanitation workers. His death at age 39 plunged the country into turmoil. Dozens of urban areas experienced violent unrest, including Toledo, and leaders of the national civil rights movement struggled to adhere to the Reverend King’s nonviolent philosophy in the wake of his murder. Five decades later, Reverend King’s life and words continue to resonate. Since 1986, there has been a national holiday named for him, and rare is the American city where you don’t find a Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, Boulevard, Drive, or Way. View a PDF of the complete Toledo Magazine page In observance of the slain civil rights leader’s continued cultural impact, today we pair Blade artist … [Read more...] about Living the dream: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
William Bernbach, a titan of Madison Avenue who died in 1982, said, “If your advertising goes unnoticed, everything else is academic.” The spinmeisters for Ram trucks must have taken Bernbach’s admonition to heart. With a Super Bowl commercial that used as its soundtrack a sermon delivered by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years earlier to the day, they got the notice they wanted. Much of the reaction, though, amounted to a richly deserved thumbs-down. The sermon was King’s “Drum Major Instinct” speech, given in Atlanta in 1968 two months before his assassination. Everybody, he said, had this instinct — “a desire to be out front, a desire to lead the parade, a desire to be first.” But it had to be harnessed, he said as he went on to equate greatness with service to others. Ostensibly, the Ram commercial was an appeal for people to serve. But who’s kidding whom? The goal was to sell trucks, with King’s voice as … [Read more...] about Hawking Ram trucks wasn’t what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had in mind