On this day 52 years ago, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, when he was shot and killed. King, was the leader of the civil rights non-violent movement and protests against racial inequality. He died later at the hospital at the age of 39.
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Walter Cronkite, then-anchor of the @cbseveningnews went live on air with an official report detailing the shooting and the nation's reaction to the tragedy.
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“Dr. Martin Luther King, the apostle of non-violence in the civil rights movement, has been shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee," Cronkite said. "Police have issued an all-points bulletin for a well-dressed, young white man seen running from the scene. Officers also reportedly chased and fired on a radio-equipped car containing two white men."
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“Dr. King was standing on the balcony of a second-floor hotel room tonight when, according to a companion, a shot was fired from across the street. In the friend's words, the bullet exploded in his face," Cronkite reported.
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