April 4 Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

4/2/2013, 12:55 p.m.

Thursday, April 4 marks the 45th anniversary of the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Known as a drum major for peace, Dr. King stressed non-violence in his efforts to achieve civil and human rights not just for African Americans, but for everyone.

King was shot to death at age 39 while in Memphis, Tenn., where he went to assist sanitation workers who were engaged in a strike over better safety standards and a decent wage. As word of his passing quickly spread across the country and around the world, many were left speechless and in disbelief. Some reacted violently to the tragic news.

The Washington Informer invites its print edition readers and website visitors to submit your recollections of what happened on April 4, 1968, when you heard the news that Dr. King had died.

Please forward your comments along with your name and contact information to: MLKMemories@washingtoninformer.com. Your comments will be shared on The Informer's website as part of a special tribute to Dr. King and selected comments will be published in print edition.