#1: © Ken Ross:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and one of his aides, Jesse Jackson, at Mason Temple Wednesday, April 3, 1968. On that stormy night, Dr. King delivered his last public speech to an audience of more than 2,000. The speech has become known as the “Mountaintop” speech.
#2: © Charles Nicholas:
A youth hoisted an upraised fist - a symbol of black power - as the airplane carrying Coretta Scott King and the body of her husband departed Memphis for Atlanta April 5, 1968.
#3: © Sam Melhorn
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King, and three of the couple’s four children - Yolanda King (left), Martin Luther King III and Dexter King - led a march through downtown Memphis Monday, April 8, 1968. The march, originally planned to refocus attention on the sanitation strike, became a memorial to King.
#4: © Charles Nicholas
On Friday morning, April 5, 1968, more than 300 mourners paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home, 374 Vance. "Jesus will take care of him," one mother whispered to her little boy. An old man in coveralls and shoes without toes waited his turn in line. When he reached the casket he leaned over and said, "We won’t give up, and we won’t bring no shame to your name." It was a tiny chapel, draped in lavender. People were shoulder to shoulder when Dr. Ralph Abernathy, King’s top aide and closest friend, arrived. Dr. Abernathy led them in a stanza of the civil right’s leader’s theme song, "We Shall Overcome."
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