Today marks the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Junior. The famous civil rights leader, known for his “I Have A Dream” speech, was shot on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4th, 1968 at 6:01pm. He died in the hospital at 39 years old.
Each year, the Lorraine Motel observes a moment of silence at 6:01 in his honor. The motel serves as a memorial for him, and is home to the National Civil Rights Museum. King was a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, a father, husband, and leader for hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.