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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."
How should we think about Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy 50 years after his assassination? Are U.S. race relations today better, worse, or the same as race relations in 1968?