HARRISBURG, April 4, 2011 – – On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed on a balcony outside of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, a day after speaking in support of labor rights.

Today, on the 43rd anniversary of this tragic event in our nation’s history, state Sen. John P. Blake asks everyone to take a moment to pause and reflect on the life of Dr. King and how his fight for justice, equal rights and equal opportunity led to the betterment of our society.

“To this day, the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rings true,” Blake said. “Through his words and his actions he shed light on the darkness of injustice and oppression and he inspired a wider understanding of the inalienable rights we enjoy, and which we must always advance and defend, as Americans. Dr. King exemplified his own words when he stated that “all labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.’”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an African-American civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, five years earlier led the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

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