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The Life and Death of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Patricia Westfall

on 10 January 2014

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Transcript of The Life and Death of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Life and Death of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Life of MLK Jr.(cont.)
The Life of MLK Jr. (cont.)
MLK was a very active member of the NAACP.
In 1955, King accepted to take the leadership role over the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
During the boycott days, King's house was bombed and he was arrested for campaigning against segregation.
By the time the boycott had ended, King had become an icon for the fight against segregation.
Life of MLK Jr. (cont.)
Elected in 1957, King became president of the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference).
Between 1957 and 1968, MLK wrote multiple books and articles, led protests, made over 2500 appearances, made his "I Have a Dream" speech in D.C. after a peaceful march with 250,000 people, and earned many honors.
King won the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35.
So who did it - James Earl Ray or the authorities?

I personally think the authorities did it... it's the only thing that makes sense, in my opinion. What do you think?
The Life of MLK Jr.
Michael Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Before graduating high school, he attended segregated public schools in the state of Georgia.
He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
He later attended Crozier Theological Seminary and then graduated from Boston University in 1953 where he earned his doctorate degree in systematic theology.
As he lived in Boston, King met Coretta Scott, whom he later married.
The Kings had 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls.
Dexter Scott King, Martin Luther King III, Bernice King, and Yolanda King
King became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in 1954.
The Death of MLK Jr.
On April 3, 1968, MLK made his way to Memphis, Tennessee to lead a march for the sanitation workers of Memphis that were on strike.
On April 4, 1968, at approximately 6pm. King was standing on the balcony of his hotel room in the Lorraine Motel when he was shot.
King was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Hospital at 7:05 p.m.
The Assassination of MLK Jr.
The shot that killed King came from a bathroom window on the rear of a boarding house on South Main Street..
The assassin was James Earl Ray, who escaped prison in April of 1967.
A bundle was dropped near where the murder took place, as a white mustang sped away.
The bundle contained a .30-60 rifle, binoculars, ammunition, and more.
Ray was not found until June 8, the day he was arrested.
Ray went to trial after replacing his first lawyer. His 2nd lawyer convinced him to plead guilty so that he would not have to face the death penalty, so he did.
He was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
During the trial, Ray had hinted at conspiracy.
3 days after the trial, Ray asked for a new trial and took back his plea.
The judge ignored his requests and was found dead at his desk 3 weeks later. He died of a heart attack.
The Conspiracy of MLK Jr.'s Death
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