Luther king III ,Dexter Scott king,Yolanda King and Bernice King. In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of
Washington, D.C. to be called the Poor Peoples Campaign when he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis
His death was followed by riots in many U.S cities Allegations that James Earl Ray the man convicted of killing King had been framed or acted in concert with government agents persisted for years after the shooting. The jury of a 1999 civil trial found Loyd Jowers to be complicit in a conspiracy against King. The ruling has since been discredited and a sister of Jowers admitted that he had fabricated the story so he could make $300,000 from selling the story and she in turn corroborated his story in order to get some money to pay her income tax.Martin Luther King was posthumously awarded the Presidential medal of freedom and the Congressional gold medal .Martin luther king Jr.day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971, and as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.
Hundreds of streets in the U.S. have be renamed in his honor. In addition, a county was rededicated in his honor. A memorial statue on the national mall was opened to the public in 2011. He got assassinated on the 4th of April 1968 a couple days after he made that amazing speech.
“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American
, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the
. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the
Declaration of Independence
, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that
America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.