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Your memories of MLK’s death, 50 years after his assassination




Black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968) addresses crowds during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, where he gave his 'I Have A Dream' speech.
Black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968) addresses crowds during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, where he gave his 'I Have A Dream' speech.
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Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

He had traveled there in support of a strike by sanitation workers. He held a nonviolent demonstration on April 3, where he delivered what turned out to be his last speech, now known as “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.”

Whether you were a child or an adult, we want to hear your memories or stories about this momentous day. How did you learn the news? How did it impact you or your family?

Here's how CBS News' Walter Kronkite reported Dr. King's death 50 years ago today.

Larry Mantle shared his own memory of finding out about Dr. King's death, and said it still impacts him emotionally to this day.

We also heard from AirTalk listeners who shared their own powerful memories of how they found out about Dr. King's death. Alona says she called her mom immediately after hearing the news.Louise says she was 12 years old growing up on Chicago's South Side when Dr. King was killed and remembers how she found out.For Martellus in Pasadena, Dr. King was a symbol of peaceful progress.Anthony says he was only 7 when Dr. King died, but he remembers feeling something was amiss by the way his mother reacted to a phone call.