MLK Assasination

Isabelle Seaton

Who? What? When?

Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN. James Earl Ray was charged for the assassination and convicted on March 10, 1969. During this time of the Civil Rights movement, there were many racial demonstrations going on in the streets.


The day Martin Luther King Jr. was killed he was to lead a march of sanitation workers protesting against low wages and poor working conditions. However, that did not happen and instead he was shot. The way the community responded to this tragedy was unlike most events caused by death. More riots broke out than before and caused a controversy between whether or not a black man speaking out was brave or stupid. The bias in this article would be considered omission. Cultural and historical criticism are both used here as well.

Findings on MLK

Shortly after Dr. King was pronounced dead, his body was taken from St. Joseph Hospital to Gaston Hospital. He was killed by a gunshot wound to the chin and neck. They traced the bullet back to the man who shot him, which later got him into trouble.

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This Day in History

"We've got some difficult days ahead" was what King said while giving one of his speeches. Dr. King is someone who will never be forgotten in history. He left a mark on the Civil Rights Movement especially by not being afraid to speak out for the freedoms he believed in.


1st article: Historical and cultural criticism are both used in this article. Cultural because it was in some peoples culture and what they believed in to treat blacks the way they were treated.

2nd article: Historical criticism is used here. When talking about what happened and what things were like in this time period, it showed the differences in everything over the years. Racism was a big problem in the 60's.