42 Years After Assasination: Remembering MLK Jr.

This Easter Sunday marked the 42nd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. As the U.S. army fights two wars in the Middle East, many news publications are looking to another infamous day in the life of MLK. Exactly one year prior to his death, on April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York, King emphatically voiced his opposition to the Vietnam War. That speech marks the beginning of King's most radical year. Huffington Post Columnist Byron Williams calls it, "an unwavering commitment to those on the underside of life." In the art world, New York's Bronx Museum is remembering King's legacy of speaking for "those on the underside" with two Civil Rights exhibitions. Here, ESSENCE.com looks back on the leader's life in pictures. Read More: Word on the Street: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.Paving the Path: A Tribute to Our Political PioneersCivil Rights Leader Dr. Dorothy Height Turns 98
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