Every day, we build upon the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. Easily Distracted By Cats And Yarn Poster. Our work improves lives across the United States and around the world by bringing together partners to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. In the spring of 1968, I was a senior at Georgetown University. During my four years there, the country was dominated and divided by the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the anti-poverty crusade. Every day seemed to bring new evidence that the United States was unravelling demonstrations, riots, political upheaval on the left and right. On March 31, President Johnson announced he would not seek re-election.
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Just four days later 50 years ago today Dr. King was shot and killed as he stood on the balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Easily Distracted By Cats And Yarn Poster. He was 39 years old. He was in Memphis to support the city’s striking sanitation workers, with their “I Am A Man” signs demanding both better pay and better working conditions. He had broadened his mission to embrace his conviction that racial equality and economic justice for all Americans were inextricable and that achieving both required ending the war in Vietnam. I remember it as if it was yesterday. The night before, at the Mason Temple in Memphis, in what turned out to be his final sermon, Dr. King directly addressed the threats on his life.