This Day in History

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated

Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing
Martin Luther King Jr. Riverside Church

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke before 13,000 people at Mason Temple on March 18. He pledged to return to Memphis on March 22 to lead a march that was postponed because of a near record snowfall. The protest was rescheduled for March 28.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 while in Memphis to support the striking sanitation workers.

This was one year to the day after his speech at Riverside Church in New York against the U.S. war in Vietnam.

Here are resources for teaching about the connection Dr. King and many others in the Civil Rights Movement made to economic justice and peace.