Martin Luther King Jr.

By: Abby Noe

Background Info

Black Nationalist Leader Macolm X, who had condemned King's advocacy of non-violence as "criminal" in the face of the continuing repression suffered by African Americans. A result to this, King sought to widen his appeal beyond his own race, speking out pubicly against the vietnam war and working to form a condition of poor Americans-Black and White alike-to address such issues as poverty and unemployment. Born: Janruary 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Death: April 4th, 1968 in Memphis TN.

Assassinator of King

James Earl Ray was born in Alton, Illinois, on March 10, 1928. A confirmed racist and small-time criminal, Ray began plotting the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. In early 1968 He shot and killed King in Memphis on April 4, 1968, confessing to the crime the following March. Ray died in prison on April 23, 1998.

He was a very troubled child growing up. Later on he enlisted in the army, but he found it difficult to adapt to the military's strict codes of conduct. He was charged with drunkenness and breaking arrest, before getting discharged for ineptness and lack of adaptability in 1948.

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Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

This is about Martin Luther King Jr. What had happened was that King was trying to get the President Lyndon B. Johnson to pass the law from the Civil Rights movement for everyone to have equal rights and while leading non-violent marches and acts across Washington, ended up getting assasinated but got the equal rights law passed. This event occured in 1965 but King was assasinated in April of 1968. It occurred in Washington (march on Washington). It happened because King wanted justice amoungst the Negroes and Caucasions so he went about himself with his own race and others and made the Civil Rights Movement happen. What makes this newsworthy is because King influenced millions of Americans during this time and as well as today.

How was this reported?

Although no television cameras were in the vicinity at the time of the assassination, television coverage of the event quickly followed. From the first reports of his shooting to the coverage of his funeral services on 9 April at the Ebenezer Church on the Morehouse College Campus, television closely followed his struggle. Even after his death, news coverage of King's legacy continued when, on 11 April President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Bill.

Was this event unexpected?

This event wasn't expected considering we all know that King wanted intergration and the Caucasions wanted segregation and theen it all started with the Montegomery bus boycott and it led from there to here it is today. To me it's reasonable of what happened.

Any opposing sides?

Any opposing sides in this news story would have to be the caucasions. They were against King for the longest time.

How did this impact the nation/world at the time this happened?

This impacted the nation and or the world at the time it happened was because of how King wanted equal rights for everyone. Negroes were treated unfairly during the Civil Right Movement. King’s prominence in the Civil Rights Movement gained the respect of many political leaders, and gave him the potential power to enact major change.
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Was there any prominent figures?

Martin Luther King Jr. has to be one of the most outstanding figures to this day. He's made equality for African Americans all around the world. He made it to where negroes got the same education as the Caucasians.

Does this story have relevance to today?

This story does have relevance to today. Like, Negroes and Caucasians can be in places together such as bathrooms, restaurants, and stores, etc.
Mini Bio: Martin Luther King, Jr.


1. What this even about?

A. King

B. Williams

C. Jacksons

2. When did he King die?

A. April 1968

B. June 1965

C. Septemeber 1970

3. Who assassinated King?

A. James Earl Ray

B. Jane Jackson

C. Landon Burks