On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. To this day, that unfortunate event has not gone unremembered, but instead of it being a day of pain and shock, it has it has become a day of remembrance of Dr. King’s legacy. Many places over the country held commemorative celebration on April 4, 2018, including the city of Lansing at the Ring a Bell for Freedom event. Mayor of Lansing Andy Schor said, “Lansing needs to talk about, Lansing needs to remember the reason for Dr. King’s assassination. We need to remember 50 years ago from today he was killed for talking about the importance of all of us working together, equality, and a great nation.”
Lee June, professor at Michigan State University, said it is important to share this history.