Today Marks 45 Years Since the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
#TaniaOnTheScene - It was 45 years ago today that civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis. The world has changed greatly since 1968, but King’s message survives intact.
King was in Tennessee to help support a sanitation workers’ strike. At the age of 39, King was already an internationally known figure. Starting with the Montgomery boycott in 1955, King had led a series of nonviolent protests against discrimination.
When King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, at the time he was the youngest Peace Prize winner ever, at the age of 35.
His acceptance speech in Norway included the famous statement, “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.” King also donated his prize money of $54,123 to the civil rights movement.
#TaniaOnTheScene knows that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is resting in paradise.
TODAY MARKS A SOMBER DAY IN OUR NATION’S HISTORY. On April 4th, 1968, MLK was assassinated. He was gunned down on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. To mark the 44th anniversary of the Civil Rights Leader’s death, Memphis will rename a one-mile stretch of road: Doctor ML King Junior Avenue.
#TaniaOnTheScene #TaniaSuggests @Tyrese put together a 13 min. inspirational piece for #BlackHistoryMonth. “A Dreamer’s Dream” takes a look back at many powerful moments in history. This short film stars Blair Underwood & Jill Scott with a song by gospel singer, Kim Burrell. (click below to watch)
Kudos to Tyrese Gibson for putting this powerful piece together.
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