MLK 50: Social media reacts to 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination

ATLANTA — It has been 50 years since the assassination of one America’s greatest leaders who would change the world forever, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On April 4, 1968, King was shot in Memphis, Tennessee. An assassin silenced the voice that had energized America’s civil rights movement and challenged nation to live up to its highest ideals.


People shared their thoughts in reaction to the anniversary of the King’s assassination.

MBK50: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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