Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Died 45 Years Ago Today

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Died 45 Years Ago Today

It’s no secret that Martin Luther King is my all-time, favourite historical figure. It was on this day on April 4, 1968 that he was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Here’s a photo by Henry Groskinsky from Life magazine of Martin Luther King’s suitcase as it was found in his room that night. Here’s the caption:

“Martin Luther King, Jr.’s neatly packed, monogrammed briefcase in his room at the Lorraine Motel, April 4, 1968 — with his brush, his pajamas, a can of shaving cream and his book, Strength to Love, visible in the pocket.”

It’s weird looking at the suitcase of such a famous historical figure and realizing he had pyjamas just like everyone else.

Random fact: U2’s song ‘(Pride) In the Name of Love’ is about King’s assassination.  You can read the lyrics [here].

Second random fact: U2 made a historical mistake (What?!  Bono, no!!!) in the lyrics.  Part of the song is: “Early morning, April 4.  Shot rings out in the Memphis sky.”  However, King was murdered around 6pm in the evening.


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4 Responses to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Died 45 Years Ago Today

  1. itwasjudith says:

    I love the random facts.. I didn’t know that the song was about his assassination. Thanks!

  2. Pingback: A Photo From Dr. King’s Funeral | History Kicks Ass!

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