Recognizing the Anniversary of the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Floor Speech

Date: April 4, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. COHEN. Madam Speaker, 54 years ago tonight one of the great tragedies in our Nation's history occurred in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

In Memphis, there is great love for Dr. King and his dream. He had given the ``I've Been to the Mountaintop'' speech the night before in Memphis. And tonight, at this hour there is a memorial service at the National Civil Rights Museum, which was constructed at the Lorraine Motel where he was staying and where he was slain.

In Memphis, a phoenix has risen from the ashes. The National Civil Rights Museum celebrates Dr. King's life and all the pioneers that preceded him and were after him in fighting for civil rights and civil justice in this Nation.

I share with all in mourning the death of Dr. King 54 years ago but take great pride in Memphis having the National Civil Rights Museum and encourage people to visit.