THE FI­NAL ACT: KING’S DEATH

His words and deeds bring hope, but his as­sas­si­na­tion in­ten­si­fies divi­sion

History Revealed - - IN PICTURES -

THE DAY BE­FORE, 3 APRIL 1968

King checks into a reg­u­lar base, the Lor­raine Mo­tel in Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, to sup­port a strike by san­i­ta­tion work­ers. With him dur­ing a brief respite on the bal­cony are some of his in­ner cir­cle: (l-r) Hosea Wil­liams, Jesse Jackson and Ralph Aber­nathy.

“I’VE BEEN TO THE MOUN­TAIN­TOP”

That night, King de­liv­ers a speech at Ma­son Tem­ple, end­ing with the poignant words: “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.”

SAY­ING GOOD­BYE

On the day of the funeral, a pri­vate ser­vice is held at Ebenezer Bap­tist Church, where King served as pas­tor, be­fore his cof­fin is place­don a wagon and pulled through At­lanta’s streets. Some 100,000 peo­ple see the pro­ces­sion or at­tend the ser­vice at More­house Col­lege – at the front is Coretta Scott, com­fort­ing their youngest child, Ber­nice.

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