45 years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN.

King had gone to Memphis to show support for the black sanitary employees who were striking for fairer wages.

The night before, King had delivered his famed “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

Watch that seminal speech below:



For photographs from the day of King’s assassination and the days following, visit the ABC News blog.


What is King greatest legacy?

How will you honor his life today?

Sound off below!!!!