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Friday, April 04, 2008 

April 4, 1968 - Martin Luther King Assassinated

On this day 40 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King was taken from us by an assassin's bullet. The advances that Black people made to gain their full civil rights in American society can be directly attributed to the leadership of this great man.

I remember this day 40 years ago. Rarely has there been a darker day than April 4th, 1968.

"Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love
What more in the name of love?"

Photo of Dr King speaking to massed crowd by the Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC, on May 17, 1957 during a "Prayer Pilgrimage" organized by the civil rights movement - Courtesy Time Inc.

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