Convicted for armed robbery in 1960, James Earl Ray escaped from Missouri State Penitentiary on April 22, 1967.
resulted in the immediate outburst of riots, Robert Kennedy eulogizing King, the high attendance of King’s funeral service, and the implementation of the Fair Housing Act; the prosecution of James Earl Ray; and in the longer term, the creation of Martin Luther King National Holiday as well as the desire to reopen the case of James Earl Ray in 1997.
In the immediate proceedings of Martin Luther King assassination...
He led non-violent protests to fight for the rights of all people including African Americans. After getting his degree in sociology from Morehouse, Martin got a divinity degree from Crozer Seminary and then got his doctor's degree in theology from Boston University. Later, they would have four children including Yolanda, Martin, Dexter, and Bernice. In his first major civil rights action, Martin Luther King, Jr. This started when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. As a result, Martin helped to organize a boycott of the public transportation system in Montgomery. Over 250,000 people attended this march in an effort to show the importance of civil rights legislation.
He hoped that America and the world could become a colorblind society where race would not impact a person's civil rights. Martin's dad was a preacher which inspired Martin to pursue the ministry. Some of the issues the march hoped to accomplish included an end to segregation in public schools, protection from police abuse, and to get laws passed that would prevent discrimination in employment. While standing on the balcony of his hotel, he was shot by James Earl Ray.