WEST ALABAMIANS REMEMBER MARTIN LUTHER KING

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By WVUA 23 Web Writer Katherine Robinson

Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed at a Memphis hotel on April 4th, 1968.

The Civil Rights leader was instrumental in ending segregation laws throughout the South.

Several residents in West Alabama knew King, and said the day he died will always be remembered.

“I didn’t really think that I heard what the man (newscaster) said, so after he repeated what he said I was like, God, and I was just in shock,” Maxie Thomas said. “I was blown away.”

“I was right over there, watching TV, and next day we hard he got shot.” the Rev. Thomas Linton said. “They were showing it on the news, and that was one of the saddest moments of my life.”

This year marks the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s death. He was 39.

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