Dr. Martin Luther King Was Assassinated On This Date 45 Years Ago

He was, more than any single man, the voice and the instrument of the second American revolution.  He materialized out of the streets and the Jim Crow churches of the South a dozen years ago, preaching brotherhood and nonviolence to a divided and violent land.  For a time, incredibly, it worked- until the very forces he had helped set in in motion swept past him and turned the black ghettos of America into battlegrounds.  Yet King never gave up, and he was trying to prove his way would work again when a white assassin cut him down last week in Memphis- and dealt a perilous wound to the American soul.

Newsweek  April 15, 1968

Dr. Martin Luther King Was Assassinated On This Date 45 Years Ago

He was, more than any single man, the voice and the instrument of the second American revolution.  He materialized out of the streets and the Jim Crow churches of the South a dozen years ago, preaching brotherhood and nonviolence to a divided and violent land.  For a time, incredibly, it worked- until the very forces he had helped set in in motion swept past him and turned the black ghettos of America into battlegrounds.  Yet King never gave up, and he was trying to prove his way would work again when a white assassin cut him down last week in Memphis- and dealt a perilous wound to the American soul.

Newsweek  April 15, 1968



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