Remembering Martin Luther King Jr, his legacy will live on

Monday, April 4, 2011

 43 years ago today, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. He gave his life so ours could be better! Rest in Peace to an amazing man!!!

Dr. King’s pursuit of equality and justice for African Americans through nonviolence began with a year long Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in 1955.

Dr. King went to Memphis March 29, 1968 to assist the striking black sanitary workers seeking higher pay. The night before his assassination, Dr. King’s sermon, “I’ve been to the Mountaintop,” seemed prophetic when discussing death threats.

April 4, 1968 at 6:01 p.m., standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Dr. King was struck by a single gunshot. Rushed to the St. Joseph’s Hospital, he was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m.

James Earl Ray was arrested June 8, 1968 and confessed to the crime March 10, 1969 – although he later tried to withdraw it. Ray was sentenced to 99 years.

Later on today.

NAACP president to march in Newark to mark anniversary of King assassination

NAACP President Ben Jealous will lead a march in Newark to mark the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Organizer Larry Hamm says the march will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday downtown.

The event with the head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is one of several throughout the day in New Jersey, including rallies in Camden.
Great quotes from the honorable Martin Luther King

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

"We must use time creatively.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”

Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.”

The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.”

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

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