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.
Yes, I knew this information. Another good source, besides the MLK Jr. website is the book, "DEAD WRONG: STRAIGHT FACTS ON THE COUNTRY'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL COVER-UPS" by Richard Belzer and David Wayne.
James Earl Ray was born on 3/10/1928. A confirmed racist and small-time criminal, Ray began plotting the assassination of revered civil rights leader MLK Jr. in early 1968. He shot and killed King in Memphis on 4/4/1968. Not long before Ray's death (1998), Dexter King, Dr. King's son visited Ray, who was feeble and sick from hepatitis C. Ray told him "I had nothing to do with killing your father," "I believe you," Dexter King responded, and shook his hand in prison on April 23, 1998.
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.”
Chicago Tribune - WPIX Reporter Marvin Scott Covers Martin Luther King's Funeral - Photos At 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was hit by a sniper's bullet. King had been standing on the balcony in front of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, when, without warning, he was shot. The .30-caliber rifle bullet entered King's right cheek, traveled through his neck, and finally stopped at his shoulder blade. King was immediately taken to a…