April 1968: M.L. King Jr. is killed in Memphis

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April 1968: M.L. King Jr. is killed in Memphis - 100. NO. 181. ★ * KANSAS CITY, FRIDAY, APRIL 5,...
100. NO. 181. ★ * KANSAS CITY, FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 1968—48 PAGES ★ ★ PRICE 10 CENTS MARTIN LUTHER KING Negro Leader of Nonviolence, Holder of '64 Nobel Peace Prize, Is Struck in Face and Neck by a Bullet While Standing on Motel Balcony in Memphis and Dies at Hospital SPARK FOR NEW RIOTS Violence Also in Boston, Washington, Harlem, Raleigh, N. C., Nashville and Jackson, Miss. Memphis (AP)—Martin Luther King, jr., father of non-violence in the American Civil rights movement, was shot to death last night. King, 39, was hit in the neck by a bullet as he stood on the balcony of a motel here. He died less than an hour later in St. Joseph hospital. Gov. Buford Ellington immediately ordered 4,000 National Guard troops back into the city. A curfew, which was clamped on Memphis after a King-led march turned into a riot a week ago, was reimposed. Police said incidents of violence, including several fire bombings were reported following King’s death. The 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner, was standing on the balcony of his motel here, where he had come to lead protests in behalf of the city’s 1,300 striking garbage workers, most of them Negroes, w hen he was shot. Two unidentified men were arrested several blocks from the motel. Police also said they found a .30-.06 rifle on Main^ street about one block from the motel, but it was not confirmed whether this was the weapon that killed King. King Struck in Neck An aide who was standing nearby said the shot hit King in the neck and lower right part of his face. “Martin MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., was standing on the balcony on the second floor of the Lorraine motel in Memphis last night when he was struck by an assassin’s bullet. This overhead view was made a few minutes later as the area swarmed with police—(Wirephoto). Other pictures on page 32. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., is shown while visiting Kansas City earlier this year while on the way to speak at Kansas State university at Manhattan. HEARNES TRIP IS DELAYED After

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  1. The Kansas City Times,
  2. 05 Apr 1968, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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