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Martin Luther King Jr.

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BC: The End

FC: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

1: James Earl Ray is one familiar you’ve probably heard of. He’s one famous criminal who is well known for killing Martin Luther King Jr. he not only assassinated Mr. King Jr. but he has been involved in other crimes as well. The sad part is he doesn’t admit to killing Martin Luther king Jr. These are his very words “Well, first, I didn't kill Dr. King.” He even once escaped jail which is totally bizarre! As Memphis lead state prosecutor William Gibbons succinctly told the Houston Chronicle after Ray's death, "I believe the history books will accurately record that James Earl Ray was the killer of Dr. King." Well apparently James Earl Ray denied killing Martin Luther King Jr. as he once said "(I didn't) personally shoot Dr. King, (but may have been) partially responsible without knowing it." Obviously, James Earl Ray is what you call a hater. James Earl Ray was racist and he murdered the most influential speaker of all. The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. was more than just a murder it was a hate crime.How James got caught and how he planned to kill Mr. King Jr. isn’t a mystery; he left a really big clue at the scene of the crime which he used to shot Martin Luther King Jr. | Introduction to the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

2: What Happened? | MLK was staying in suite 306 in Loraine hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. At approximately 6:00 p.m. James Earl Ray shot him with a gun; the Remington 360 gamester. James left the scene as soon as he shot Martin but he left the gun he shot MLK with on the ground with all his fingerprints all over it which was pretty dumb because that’s how they found James Earl Ray guilty. Martin’s close friend, Ralph David Abernathy, was in the hotel at the time of the assassination. Abernathy heard a shot and he immediately rushed over to Martin and find him lying on the balcony. MLK was quickly rushed to St. Joseph’s hospital. The bullet entered the right side of his chin, breaking his jaw, at 7:01 Martin Luther King Jr. was pronounced dead. Martin Luther King Jr.’s autopsy revealed that he was 39 years old and he had the heart of a 60 year old. King’s last words were to Ben Branch; a musician that was about to perform that evening where Martin Luther King Jr. was going to attend. MLK told him: "Ben, make sure you play ‘take my hand and precious lord’ in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty." Martin Luther King Jr.’s death was such a tragedy it struck with such great force. A lot of people showed sympathy when they found MLK was shot, especially Robert F. Kennedy.

3: place where MLK was shot.

4: Reactions and the Reply | When Robert F. Kennedy found out that Martin Luther King Jr.had died he gave a speech that was so surprising and he delivers it with such empathy. It was especially surprising because he mentions how he felt when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Not even his aids heard him talking about John F. Kennedy. Robert F Kennedy was the first to inform of MLK’s death; it caused some in the crowd to scream and wail. Several of Robert’s aids were afraid that his speech would end up with a riot, but they were wrong. He also said the country had to make an effort to “go beyond these rather difficult times.” In the end Kennedy said that the black and whites need to come together as one and he asked the audience members to pray for the King family and the country. Truly, Robert F. Kennedy was empathetic about Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. Well, for James Earl Ray it was guilt and going to jail.

5: Robert F. Kennedy giving his speech in honor of MLK

6: Earl did it all......... | It was all over for James Earl Ray. He got 99 years in prison but than it was changed to 100 years because he tried to escape prison. He didn't even get a trial because they flat out knew it was him over that Earl tried to deny that. Earl died at the age of 70 on April 23, 1998.

8: The Conclusion | Clearly, the death of Martin Luther King Jr. was truly tragic. Many people were devastated by his death. A lot of anger was mixed in too especially because it was a “white man” who killed MLK, which was a big deal at the time. A lot of people where racist against black people at that period of time; which brings us to a conclusion that hate and racism kills. If people accepted each other there wouldn’t have been as many deaths in the past during the time of racism in the United States of America. Together we can end racism and hate in the world and learn to accept in the spirit of all the influential speakers like Martin Luther King Jr. who wanted to end racism.

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