Martin Luther king Jr assassination

Aaron Wright

Backround information

Martin Luther king Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia. MLK was both a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist. Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. It is believed that James Earl Ray murdered MLK because of his severe hatred towards African Americans. Ray did not believe in the civil rights movement and decided to plot the assassination of Martin Luther King. Till this day many people believe that their was more people involved and conspiracy theorist believe it was carried out by the government.

Media Portrayal

There are many theories on how MLK was actually murdered and by who. The one that everybody knows is James Earl Ray shot MLK from a motel nearby fleeing the scene after the shots were fired and a massive manhunt went underway to find James. The FBI tracked him across five country's and found him in London. Another claim is that the United States deliberately plotted the assassination of MLK and hired James Earl Ray to kill him because of what MLK was doing for the rights a African Americans and fighting the civil rights movement and the government was opposed to black people, so they killed him for doing the things he was doing to try to stop the civil rights movement. Many people also believe that James did not act alone in the plot to kill MLK and that he and people that James met in Canada were involved and that James didn't even shoot MLK but was blamed for the shooting.
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