MLK Legacy Remembered after 40 Years

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April 4, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Events are planned across the country to mark the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. 40 years ago today, he was shot and killed.Reverend Jesse Jackson remembers talking to Dr. King at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis when gunfire rang out. "He didn't have to die. Not for hating, not for lying, not for robbing. It was trauma then, it's pain now," said Reverend Jesse Jackson.

The Nobel Peace Prize winning civil rights leader was in Memphis to support sanitation workers on strike. King was standing on the second story balcony at the motel before going out for dinner. "I said doc and the bullet hit him right here and knocked him against that wall and severed his tie," said Jackson.

Dr. King was rushed to the hospital where he later died. Two months after the shooting, police arrested James Earl Ray. He confessed to the murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Ray later claimed his innocence and he died in 1998.

A march honoring Dr. King will make its way through Memphis Friday and end with a candle light vigil where Dr. King was shot.


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