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Title: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.


1
The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • By Jatia Harris
  • Bailey Gilmore
  • Taylor Martin

2
Assassination
  • 601 P.M. on April 4,1968 Thursday.
  • Standing on the balcony of his motel room, at the
    Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN.
  • The reporters claim that it was a sniper bullet.
  • He got shot between the neck and jaw.

3
James Earl Ray
  • He was the killer of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • He was an escaped prisoner, high-school dropout,
    petty thief , and army throw away.
  • In 1998 James Earl Ray had passed away in prison.
  • Was sentenced 99 years

4
Childhood.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. was born Tuesday afternoon
    on January 15,1929.
  • Hew grew up in a racial community.
  • Born in Atlanta, Georgia

5
Family
  • Had four kids, Yolanda Denise, Martin Luther 3rd,
    Dexter Scott, Bernice Herbintine.
  • Married in June 18, 1953.
  • Married the famous singer Coretta Scott.

6
Letter to his wife Coretta
  • LETTER TO CORETTA
  • Darling, I miss you so much. In fact, much too
    much for my own good. I never realized that you
    were such an intimate part of my life. My life
    without you is like a year without a spring time
    which comes to give illumination and heat to the
    atmosphere saturated by the dark cold breeze of
    winter. . . . O excuses me, my darling. I didn't
    mean to go off on such a poetical and romantic
    flight. But how else can we express the deep
    emotions of life other than in poetry? Isn't love
    too ineffable to be grasped by the cold
    calculating hands of intellect?
  • By the way (to turn to something more
    intellectual) I have just completed Bellamy's
    Looking Backward. - It was both stimulating and
    fascinating. There can be no doubt about it.
    Bellamy had the insight of a social prophet as
    well as the fact finding mind of the social
    scientist. I welcomed the book because much of
    its content is in line with my basic ideas. I
    imagine you already know that I am much more
    socialistic in my economic theory than
    capitalistic. And yet I am not so opposed to
    capitalism that I have failed to see its relative
    merits. It started out with a noble and high
    motive, viz., to block the trade monopolies of
    nobles, but like most human systems it fell
    victim to the very thing it was revolting
    against. So today capitalism has out-lived its
    usefulness. It has brought about a system that
    takes necessities from the masses to give
    luxuries to the classes. So I think Bellamy is
    right in seeing the gradual decline of
    capitalism.
  • I think you noticed that Bellamy emphasized that
    the change would be evolutionary rather than
    revolutionary. This, it seems to me, is the most
    sane and ethical way for social change to take
    place. Eternally Yours, Martin
  • Atlanta, July 18, 1952

7
Impact on the U.S.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. death has a huge impact on
    the U.S. today because he told people that we
    shouldnt be separated by our skin color, and to
    be treated equally.
  • Gave the I have a dream speech on August 28,
    1963.

8
Questions
  • What was his wife's name?
  • When did he give his I have a dream speech?
  • Where was he born?
  • How many children does he have?
  • What time was his assassination?
  • When did James Earl Ray die?
  • What community did he grow up in?
  • Where did he get shot ?
  • Whats the name of the motel?
  • How many years was James Earl Ray sentenced in
    prison?

9
answers
  • Coretta Scott
  • August 28,1963
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Four
  • 601 P.M.
  • 1998
  • Racial community
  • Between the neck jaw
  • Lorraine motel
  • Ninety-nine

10
Bibliography
  • http//www.infoplease.com/spot/mlkjrday1.html
  • http//www.lib.lsu.edu/hum/mlk/srs218.html
  • http//www.martinlutherking.org/dream.html

11
I Have a Dream
I look to a day when people will not be judged by
the color of their skin, but by the content of
their character.MLK I have a dream that one day
this nation will rise up and live out the true
meaning of its creed "We hold these truths to be
self-evident that all men are created equal.MLK
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