Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.

from Robert F. Kennedy – Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Rap Genius

Meaning

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, by James Earl Ray. According to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, his last words, spoken to a musician scheduled to play that evening, were:

Ben, make sure you play ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’ in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.

Mugshot of James Earl Ray

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