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Anniversary of Martin Luther King Assassination Falls on Easter

LEGENDS & ICONS - Article By Kevin Douglas

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Fifty-three years ago today, one of the most iconic civil rights leader in the world, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside a Memphis motel room.

In his final speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledged he might not live long enough to see his life’s work realized.

“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life,” he told the crowd during the prophetic 40-minute address on the evening of April 3, 1968. “But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will.

“He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain,” King continued. “And I have looked over and I have 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.”

Til this day, Revered Jesse Jackson, is still affected by the incident that he witnessed. “I lost my mentor and my teacher,” Jackson says, admitting he knew instantly that King was dead. “He was hit so hard. It’s one of those jarring moments in one’s life that you never, never forget. ”

The Civil Rights leader was shot and killed on April 4th, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

He was just 39-years-old.

King was a pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, a husband, a father of four children, and an inspiration to millions of people around the world.

He spent much of his life advocating for equal rights for African Americans.

His birthday has been celebrated every third Monday in January since 1983, when it was first signed into law by former President Ronald Reagan.

His daughter still reminisces on the murder of her father.

Rarely seen footage of Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967, where he delivered his speech “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”