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April 5, 2013

April 4 Marks 45th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination

Thursday April 4, 2013 marks the 45th anniversary of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. assassination in 1968. He was struck down by a sniper’s bullet while standing on a hotel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. His death is one of the saddest chapters in world history

What Dr. King did for civil rights in America should never be forgotten or taken for granted. However, it is the way that he did it which is most important. While most men of power use force to get what they want, Dr. King always stressed that love was the answer to the world’s problems. He felt that by loving one another people would be more willing to live together as brothers and sisters. To Dr. King, hatred only led to resentment and divisiveness.

Of course, Dr. King was right as all who stress love are. Contrary to what many would have people believe, love really is the answer. He knew that the only way a person can make the world a better place is to love thy neighbor as they love thyself. Unfortunately, Dr. King’s message has been lost over the years. Maybe that was the plan of the man who shot him.

April 4, 1968 should always cause people to pause and reflect on what Dr. King stood for.