50 years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at age 39 in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, an event that sent shock waves reverberating around the world.
Here is a collection of thoughts, photos and video on this amazing man’s journey, work and impact on our lives.
This lesson introduces students to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of nonviolence and the teachings of Mohandas K. Gandhi that influenced King’s views. After considering the political impact of this philosophy, students explore its relevance to personal life.
President Barack Obama posted this message and video on his facebook page on 4/4/18:
This week, 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed on his hotel balcony in Memphis, I spent a few hours in Washington, D.C. with my friend Congressman John Lewis and a group of young men for a My Brother's Keeper Alliance roundtable. During our time together, we reflected on Dr. King’s remarkable legacy – his teachings of nonviolence, his moral urgency, the courage and strength required to stand up for what you believe in, especially when it’s hard.John and I weren’t there to lecture these young men. Their generation already knows about justice and fairness, right and wrong, the world as it is and the world as it should be. We were there to share our experiences across three generations, to ask questions, and to learn from each other. My thanks to John and these young men for participating in this conversation and for teaching me so much.
Posted by Barack Obama on Wednesday, April 4, 2018