04.04.2018

For those who were at the Lorraine Motel, what does it mean to be a witness to martyrdom?

For those who were at the Lorraine Motel, what does it mean to be a witness to martyrdom? (Photo: Associated Press)

Many Americans remember where they were when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel. A few were actually there.

We know what became of some of them. King’s deputy Ralph Abernathy struggled to fill his shoes. Jesse Jackson ran for president. Andrew Young became a congressman, a mayor and an ambassador. 

What about the less celebrated bystanders? How does proximity to such an act of historic violence change a person? What does it mean to be a witness to martyrdom?

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