How did Martin Luther King Jr. die?


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Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and fatally wounded by a sniper's bullet while standing on a second floor balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. He was in Memphis to endorse striking sanitation workers.

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The bullet hit him in the jaw, severing his spinal cord. He was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. upon his arrival at a nearby hospital. The civil rights leader is widely known for his pursuit of economic and social equality for African Americans. He is perhaps most remembered for his "I Have A Dream" speech given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.

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