Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, his message is still the driving force in conversations about racism in our nation.
His life and legacy remains a testament to our long lasting pursuit of justice. April 4th, 1968, fifty years ago today, shots were fired outside the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, killing civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. He was just 39. King campaigned for blacks and the underprivileged. He achieved victories on voting rights and desegregation across a divided south. The patriarch of the Civil Rights movement made a lasting impact on our lives today his teachings and fight for equality have allowed for even more progress to be made in the decades since his death. At the time of his death, King was in Memphis to join striking sanitation workers, helping them peacefully fight for better pay and improved working conditions.