Martin Luther King assassinated, (prior to this his impact has begun to weaken) King's work before his death was to prove the catalyst for the Civil Rights legislation that followed, however just because laws were being put into place didn't mean that attitudes were going to change with them. King's legacy continued after his death.
April 4, 1968: Civil rights leader, MLK Jr. was shot to death at a hotel in Memphis. The official story was a single shot fired by James Earl Ray from 200 feet away at a nearby motel struck King in the neck. In 1999, Mrs. King sued the US government and won that the government under LBJ killed her husband as he was turning people against the war. Photo: Ralph Abernathy, with Mrs. King and her children lead a massive march through through the streets of Memphis.
Life, 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. named Michael King at birth (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
Alberta Williams King, MLK’s Mother also shot and killed
Alberta Williams King, mother of Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated June 30, 1974 at the hands of Marcus Wayne Chenault, 23 years old. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., struck by the violent deaths of his two sons and by the tragic death of his wife Alberta, said at her funeral service on July 3, “I cannot hate any man.”