Published in The Athens Observer, p. 1 (April 2, 1987).


The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the great civil rights leader, humanitarian, American hero and recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., April 4, 1968. On that infamous Thursday, Dr. King and his party were staying at the Lorraine Motel. While standing on an open balcony in front of Room 306, his room on the second floor, Dr. King was shot once at 6:01 p.m. The single rifle bullet, fired from Dr. King's front and right, struck Dr. King on the right chin and neck, inflicting fearful injuries, including a severing of the spinal cord. Although he did not die immediately, Dr. King could not have survived his wounds. Rushed to nearby St. Joseph Hospital, Dr. King was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m.