• Additional Resources: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

By Judith Stanford Miller, M.Ed., M.A.

April 4, 2018 – On this day 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, pastor and civil rights activist, was assassinated as he stood on a hotel balcony in Memphis. He was in Memphis to support African American sanitation workers who were on strike for safer working conditions and higher wages.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Memorial, a National Park Service (NPS) site, opened in 2011 in Washington near the Lincoln Memorial. The memorial provides visitors with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s life. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who sacrificed his life for a cause greater than himself. He is the Father of the Civil Rights Movement.

Student News Net visited the MLK Memorial on Thursday, March 29, 2018 and spoke with Alicia and Dominique Cole from Texas who were there visiting the memorial. Watch their interview below.