Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Article Analysis

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On April 4th, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is shot and killed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was there in Memphis on the behalf of sanitation strikers as well as a peace march. There were many witnesses who account their version of the situation. One thing that is certain, they say it came from the some feet away. Police chased after car believed to be the culprit but it turned out not to be him. Moments before the fatal shot, Dr. King was leaning over his railing talking to Reverend Jesse Jackson and Ben Branch. He was chatting with his friends until the shot, heard across the area, landed in his neck. The blast was so powerful that it ripped a simple tie off of his neck. Soon after the shot, police started to show up…show more content…
Martin Luther King Jr. It showed me things I never knew about the situation after hearing about it all my life. The details put forth in the article were a little scarce, but I still got the feel of what life was like in the 1960s. The world has changed a lot since that time and the views of Dr. King have yet to waiver. He is still recognized today as a great man who fought for equality amongst races and died a powerful leader in the African American community. Everything that Dr. King has fought for I appreciate and wish I could thank him for it. The way the city reacted to the shooting showed how much a community who go out of their way to show their feelings on the topic at hand. The way the author describes the feelings of Dr. King’s friend who were with him at the time showed a compassionate side to him. And with him adding the detail about James Meredith and Dr. King being treated at the same hospital, after both being attacked because of their race, and only one making it out of the hospital showed the racial tension amongst people during the time. The article made my heart ache at the thought of people weeping over the lost of one of the greatest African American figures of their lifetime. It brought a new understanding of the time period of the Civil Rights
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