Forty years ago today, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically shot and killed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. King was in Memphis to lead that city's 1300 sanitation workers in a strike, eventually settled in favor of the workers, over the right to unionize. In the aftermath of the assassination, riots erupted in over 100 cities though somehow not in King's hometown of Atlanta. This page features a sampling of how the streets of Chicago looked after two days of tumult.
In 1991, the former Lorraine Motel was converted to the National Civil Rights Museum.
Here is Norm Burns' tribute to Dr. King.