40 Years Ago...
On April 4th 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 39. The 1963 March on Washington was to be reprised that summer of 1968, as King focused on economic injustice and began to lead the Poor People's Campaign.
While Dr. King is primarily remembered as one of the leading figures in the civil rights movement in this country, he was also one of the country’s most prominent opponents of the Vietnam War and a staunch critic of overall U.S. foreign policy.
In his "Beyond Vietnam" speech delivered at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967—a year to the day before he was murdered—King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."
On the evening of April 3, King gave a speech foreshadowing his own assassination the following day: "Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now.....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!"