Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Remembers 51st Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination in Memphis

April 4, 2019
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today remembered the April 4, 1968 assassination of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Dr. King was in Memphis to help 1,300 striking sanitation workers and was shot by an assassin. The whole world mourned the death of the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“Fifty-one years have passed and school children still recite Dr. King’s famous speeches, as they will forever. Dr. King was a major force behind a movement to free African Americans from second-class citizenship, and his efforts have largely been rewarded with success, though there’s still much work to do. On this date each year we set aside a quiet moment to reflect on a great leader, orator and prophet. Memphis, the site of his passing, will never forget that he came to our city to protect workers’ rights and civil rights, and many of us dream of what might have been.”