Both the civil rights movement and the country were dealt a severe blow with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s killing on April 4, 1968. Dr. King was a dynamic leader and a strong proponent of peaceful protest who dedicated his life to ending racial discrimination in the United States. In addition to signaling the loss of a visionary leader, his untimely passing in Memphis, Tennessee, caused global mourning and indignation.
The American Civil Rights Movement was a watershed moment in history’s long march toward racial harmony and social fairness. The Civil Rights Movement, which lasted from the mid-1950s to the late-1960s, was an effort to end racial discrimination and segregation in the United States.