Vivid Recollections of the Day King Was Killed

Lorraine Motel

A girl looks out the window of the Lorraine Motel in 2004. The wreath in the foreground marks the spot where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Mike Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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Forty years ago today, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.

Those old enough to remember that day tend to recall it vividly.

Top King aid Ambassador Andrew Young, former Assistant Attorney General Roger Wilkins, Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile, poet and educator Haki Madhubuti and author Michael Eric Dyson share their recollections of first hearing the tragic news.

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