The Quick Facts
Fifty years ago, on April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the 2nd-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. King, a legendary civil rights icon and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, was in Memphis to support the city's striking sanitation workers.
The night before his assassination, King gave a speech where he famously declared, "And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land."
Across the nation, Americans are reflecting on King's legacy, the current state of race relations, and our nation's journey towards the "Promised Land."