Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929- April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. On April 4, 1968, civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr. was at Loraine Motel in Memphis, standing on his balcony in front of his room. Without any warning, he had been hit by a 30-caliber rifle bullet that had entered his right check that traveled to his neck and would stop at his shoulder blade. Martin Luther King Jr. was rushed to the nearest hospital but was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. After word got out about his death violence followed the African American people was outrage over his murder. Soon took to the Streets across the United States rioting. The FBI investigated his murder and linked it to an escaped convicted name James Earl Ray, was arrested for the crime and later Ray would plead guilty to the crime and sentenced 99 years in the Tennessee Penitentiary . President Lyndon had issued a national day of mourning three days after his assassination. There were more than 100,000 mourners following two mules pulling his coffin through the streets of Atlanta. Several higher- ups attend the funeral such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, and Benjamin Mays.