During the civil rights movement, Billy Graham said he was a preacher, not a prophet. And while he is remembered for speaking out against racism and segregation during his later revivals, some scholars argue that he gave white evangelicals a safe alternative to civil rights engagement.
On Thursday (Feb. 1), faith leaders joined political and labor officials to mark the anniversary of the 1968 deaths of Cole and Walker, who both had taken cover from a rainstorm inside their garbage truck when its compactor malfunctioned and they were crushed.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most important figures in the Civil Rights Movement. King's life was tragically cut short on April 4, 1968 while he was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was only 39. His life and work is still an inspiration to thousands and his legacy is particularly important to remember in light of modern times when America is again experiencing heightened racial tensions. In remembering King's tragic death, we also remember his influential life. Here are five facts you should know about the killing of the civil rights leader.