• WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Coretta Scott King following the assassination of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking at a press conference held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 6.

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    WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Coretta Scott King following the assassination of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking at a press conference held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 6
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    • 1968 April 6
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    • WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
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    • In this WSB newsfilm clip from April 6, 1968, Coretta Scott King speaks at a press conference held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia following the assassination of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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    • Courtesy of Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Award Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Coretta Scott King following the assassination of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., s... more
      Courtesy of Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Award Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Coretta Scott King following the assassination of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking at a press conference held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 6, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 1455, 21:14/34:39, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. less
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    • Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection; Digital Library of Georgia
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    • Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

  • WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Robert F. Kennedy, senator and presidential candidate, answering reporters' questions after arriving for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 8.

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    WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Robert F. Kennedy, senator and presidential candidate, answering reporters' questions after arriving for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 8
    • Date
    • 1968 April 8
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    • WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
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    • In this WSB newsfilm clip from Atlanta, Georgia on April 8, 1968 presidential candidate senator Robert F. Kennedy answers reporters' questions upon his arrival in Atlanta for the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The clip begins with a priv... more
      In this WSB newsfilm clip from Atlanta, Georgia on April 8, 1968 presidential candidate senator Robert F. Kennedy answers reporters' questions upon his arrival in Atlanta for the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The clip begins with a private airplane landing at the airport in Atlanta. Senator Robert F. Kennedy greets people as he exits the airplane. Speaking to waiting reporters, Kennedy asserts that the assassination of Dr. King will "make it much more difficult for our country and our society to progress." The clip breaks and catches the end of a reporter's question to Kennedy. In response, Kennedy stresses that the country "can't tolerate violence" and needs to deal with the violence as well as the injustices that often lead to violence. He also emphasizes the importance of jobs as well as communication between African American and white citizens. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot at the Loraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee on April 4, 1968 and buried in Atlanta, Georgia on April 9. Kennedy, who worked with King while serving as Attorney General during John F. Kennedy's presidential administration, was one of the officials who attended the funeral. less
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    • Courtesy of Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Award Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Robert F. Kennedy, senator and presidential candidate, answering reporters' questions aft... more
      Courtesy of Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Award Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Robert F. Kennedy, senator and presidential candidate, answering reporters' questions after arriving for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 8, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0934, 43:33/44:47, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. less
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    • Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection; Digital Library of Georgia
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  • WSB-TV newsfilm clip of reverend Ralph D. Abernathy speaking to reporters about the Poor People's Campaign, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 18.

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    WSB-TV newsfilm clip of reverend Ralph D. Abernathy speaking to reporters about the Poor People's Campaign, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 18
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    • 1968 April 18
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    • WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
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    • In this WSB newsfilm clip from Atlanta, Georgia on April 18, 1968, Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy speaks to reporters at a press conference about the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's plans for the Poor People's Campaign.
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    • Courtesy of Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Award Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of reverend Ralph D. Abernathy speaking to reporters about the Poor People's Campaign, Atlan... more
      Courtesy of Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Award Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of reverend Ralph D. Abernathy speaking to reporters about the Poor People's Campaign, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 18, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 1455, 45:34/55:44, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. less
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    • Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection; Digital Library of Georgia
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    • Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

  • WSB-TV newsfilm clip of a peace and civil rights rally, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 6.

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    WSB-TV newsfilm clip of a peace and civil rights rally, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 6
    • Date
    • 1968 April 6
    • Creator
    • WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
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    • In this WSB newsfilm clip from Atlanta, Georgia, dated April 6, 1969, civil rights and anti-war demonstrators protest the Vietnam War with a march and rally on the Sunday following the one-year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assass... more
      In this WSB newsfilm clip from Atlanta, Georgia, dated April 6, 1969, civil rights and anti-war demonstrators protest the Vietnam War with a march and rally on the Sunday following the one-year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. less
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    • Courtesy of Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Award Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of a peace and civil rights rally, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 6, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, re... more
      Courtesy of Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Award Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of a peace and civil rights rally, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 6, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 1537, 15:33/16:38, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. less
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    • Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while standing on the second floor balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. As news of King's death spread, violent riots broke out in African American neighborhoods in over one hundred cities across the United States. King had returned to Memphis to lead a nonviolent march in support of the city's striking sanitation workers. On April 8, King's widow, Coretta Scott King, and their four children led a crowd estimated at forty thousand in a silent march through the streets of Memphis to honor the fallen leader and support the cause of the city's African American sanitation workers.

The next day, funerary rites for King were held in his hometown, Atlanta, Georgia. Following a nationally televised broadcast of his funeral service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, King's body was led through the city's streets, with more than one hundred thousand mourners in tow, to Morehouse College where a second funeral service was performed.

King's assassin, James Earl Ray, was apprehended in London, England, after a two-month international manhunt. Upon his extradition to Tennessee, Ray pleaded guilty to King’s murder and was given a ninety-nine year jail sentence.