“Ben, make sure you play ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’. Play it real pretty,” are said to be the last words of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr, just before he stepped out onto a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee, where a gunman shot him a single time, ending his life half a century ago.
That gunshot 50 years ago Wednesday put an end to the life of a man who is one of the most revered figures in American history — not to mention one of the most quotable individuals with a persistent relevance to the condition of the country and its people.
Before King made that plea for the sounds of beauty to Ben Branch, a musician scheduled to play that evening at a planned event that evening in Memphis, he was known for using his words to inspire a generation to peaceful action in the fight for civil rights.
"Early morning, April fourShot rings out in the Memphis skyFree at last, they took your lifeThey could not take your pride" ―U2
1/2500 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens at 70mm
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