On April 4th, 1968 an assassin’s bullet killed the dreamer but it didn’t kill the dream. Over the next 50 years there has been a lot accomplished, milestones that should be celebrated.
But today, five decades later, where do we stand as a nation? Yes it’s a time of reflection, but it’s also a time to look forward at the next 50 years and where do we go from here.
In a Prime Time Special, “Remembering the Dream,” the multi-media platforms of 11Alive examine the Journey from 1968 to 2018.
PHOTOS | 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr.'s assassination
In just a few months after dr. King's assassination, his widow Coretta King continued his legacy by founding The King Center. Their youngest daughter Bernice is the Center’s current CEO.
Martin Luther King, III, Marty, sat down with 11Alive's Ron Jones and Bernice King sat down with 11Alive's Jennifer Bellamy They shared with us their memories of their father and the legacy he leaves behind.
Five decades after King’s death, some black Americans have more opportunities and better access to education.
But, a new report shows the majority remain disadvantaged compared to whites.
11Alive’s Andy Pierrotti shows us the struggle to achieve the American dream is possible, but not easy for most African Americans.
Throughout recent history, and even this day, the actions and voices of professional athletes have always impacted the atmosphere in our country.
But while Ali was making history in the ring, Hank “The Hammer” Aaron was chasing one of baseball’s most coveted records: Babe Ruth’s homerun title.
11Alive Sport's Alex Glaze sat down with the baseball legend to reflect on what the sport, and life, was like during those tumultuous times and the adversity he faced while chasing the home run title.
11Alive's Neima Abdulahi examines who are the black voices, the influencers of today & tomorrow. To a younger generation, the message is coming from here in music studios across Atlanta where songs touching on topics about generational poverty, racism and mistrust for the justice system are impacting the message.
11Alive's Doug Richards spoke with James Swanson who wrote a book called "Chasing King’s Killer." Swanson speaks about James Earl Ray's movements from when he escaped from jail to the days before he killed the Civil Rights leader in Memphis.
On this 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, we went to the Center for Civil and Human Rights to ask those voices who extend King’s shadow to his efforts transpire today.
11Alive's Matt Pearl found no shortage of thoughtful answers.
When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the powerful, iconic "I have a dream" speech more than a half-century ago from the nation’s capital, metro Atlanta was a much different place.
Then, Georgia’s governor Lester Maddox, a lightening rod for pro-segregation, once called Dr. King an enemy of the country. But fast forward decades later, a black woman named Stacey Abrams is now running for the state's highest office.
In 1968, Atlanta was still known as the cradle of the Civil Rights' movement. Now, it's the center of movies and music.
As former U.S. Congressman, UN Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young says, the city's recent explosive growth, prosperity and international acclaim are bi-products of that "dream."