broadcast on the CBS Evening News, April 4, 1968.
April 3, 1968: In Memphis Tennessee, Dr. King spoke against an illegal injunction against garbage workers non-violent protest march, citing the U.S. Constitution, and how he could understand that if he were in a totalitarian country (such as the Soviet Union or China) injunctions against free speech were commonplace. But in the United States?
The next day, Dr. King was killed by a still unknown sniper. James Earl Ray, who pleaded guilty thus avoiding a trial, was sentenced to life in prison. Before he died in 1996, Ray told Dr. King's wife, Coretta Scott King, that he did not murder Martin Luther King.