Shortly after 6 p.m. on April, 4, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. is shot to death while standing on the balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. Wednesday, April 4, 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination. In the months leading up to his death King became more concerned with the issue of inequality in America and in March of 1968 King traveled to Memphis in support of African-American sanitation workers. After leading a workers’ protest march on March 28 he left Memphis but vowed to return in early April to lead a demonstration.
Several theories have emerged since King’s death which ultimately pointed to the conclusion that James Earl Ray killed Martin Luther King. Ray died in 1998.