Title: Martin Luther King Assassination
Creator: Joseph Louw
Date: 1968, Memphis Tennessee,Lorraine Motel
Image released in TIME magazine, copyright TIME & Getty Images
This photo illustrates civil rights activist hovering over Martin Luther King’s Body as they point in the direction of the shooter. Martin Luther King was shot April 4th 1968 at the Lorraine Motel. His assassination shocked the country and left activist grief stricken. He helped spark the civil rights movement by peacefully protesting and advocating justice for all.
Joseph Louw’s picture is powerful and eye-catching. The activist’s and onlookers faces are urgent and afraid while his body lies in a pool of blood. This photograph captures a set back within civil rights movement. Martin Luther king was their courageous and strong leader who fought peacefully and passionately for equal rights. One person lays next to him trying to wipe up his blood with a towel. An onlooker peaks through their curtain to see what happened. Everyone was shocked and surprised this event happened so quickly. This photo was taken to capture the final moment of Martin Luther King. He spoke peacefully yet his life ended violently. His actions and protests caused uproars all across the country, yet in a few mere seconds it was all over. Although it is unsure if the photographer was pro civil rights, this moment was a victory for some but a catastrophe for others.