Later arrested over 30 time for the cause, Dr. King’s national legacy is attributed to Rosa Parks, whose bus case pushed Dr. King’s work nationwide. When he showed up in protest leading to the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, word spread of the fearless and dynamic leader who fought with his mind and education, not his hands or with weaponry.
On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot by James Earl Ray on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. Only minutes before, he had asked musician Ben Branch to play “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” at their meeting that evening. Only a year after Dr. King was assassinated, his brother, A.D. King, also a beloved preacher and activist, was found at the bottom of a swimming pool. King’s mother, Alberta King, was killed at church on June 30, 1974 by Marcus Wayne Chenault, an insane black man.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is still the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. He is still a Grammy winner, an author of 3 novels and 80,000 papers. He is still Time magazine’s first black Man of the Year and now looks over the nation in which he gave his life through his historic statue on the national mall.
Little Known Black History Fact: The Evolution of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was originally published on blackamericaweb.com