Last Days of Martin Luther King, Jr.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Four video clips reveal the events of that time, including the shift in the focus of the Civil Rights Movement, the aftermath of the assassination, and the subsequent Silent March and Memphis Cares movement.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups compare the strategies used by Dr. King, Malcolm X, and more recent Civil Rights groups; including Black Lives Matter
Classroom Considerations
  • Appropriate for studies of the Civil Rights Movement, Black History Month, and/or of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Requires copies of the worksheet and access to computers with internet
  • The resource includes links to videos that provide additional background information about the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, the Poor Peoples' Campaign, and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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