Martin Luther King Jr Assassination

By Taryn Brandl

I'm Lisa Jones. I'm 17 and a Flower Child with my far-out bell-bottom jeans, tie-dyed shirt, and headband. I don't have a job because I just roam free and do my own thing. I'm a supporter of Civil Rights, so if you are too then right on, man! I really enjoy Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches. I really dig his way of non-violent protests and his "weapons of love" because that's just what the world needs: more love. One day, I was just walking down the street, singing the Beatles' song "Hey Jude" in my head while eating the newest thing, a Big Mac from McDonald's. It was only 49 cents! I look to my side and see The Graduate and Planet of the Apes are still in theaters They've been there for a while so they must be pretty popular. The Beatles are all the rage, and people are really digging their groovy music. I look to my other side and see a bunch of other Flower Children crowding around a radio. It was April 4th, 1968, a sunny day on which nobody expected news this tragic.
The Beatles - Hey Jude

Martin Luther King Jr.

"Today, on April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel at 6:01 P.M." said the radio broadcaster. The other Flower Children who supported Civil Rights gasped. "Martin was later pronounced dead at a hospital at 7:05 P.M. at age 39. Today is a tragic day for Civil Rights supporters." Tears started running down my face. Martin Luther King Jr. The man who gave me strength and courage... Dead. "This news just in," the broadcaster annouced. "They have discovered the man who they presume killed MLK. His name is James Earl Ray." I will remember that name for the rest of my life. I will forever be a strong supporter of the Civil Rights movement. I hope his death won't be for nothing. I will fight to get the government to pass a law. I will not fight with my fists, but with my heart, as Martin Luther King Jr. has taught me.
The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.