Martin Luther King vs Julius Caesar Alana Adams

The Days Before the Assassination: Martin Luther King

On a planned march to congress in 1968, King was called to Memphis, TN to support a sanitation workers’ strike. On the night of April 3, King gave a speech at Mason Temple Church in Memphis. In this speech he foreshadowed his own passing, saying "I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

The Day Before the assassination: Julius Caesar

Caesar was scheduled to leave Rome to fight in a war on March 18 and had appointed loyal members of his army to rule the Empire in his absence. Caesar should have been well aware that many of the senators hated him, but he dismissed his security force not long before his assassination. Reportedly, Caesar was handed a warning note as he entered the senate meeting that day but did not read it. After he entered the hall, Caesar was surrounded by senators holding daggers. A few days before Caesar's wife Calpurnia had a omen about Caesar being killed and he didn't listen to her.

Public Perception of Martin Luther King Jr.

Most people found him an inspirational man and speaker. He wasn't loved by all, in an article it says that Martin Luther was once the most hated men in America. He was brave and courageous. Of course there were quite a few people who didn't like him. He stood up for what he believed in and what he thought was right. He did this in a non-violent way which most people appreciated him for.

Public Perception of Julius Caesar

Everyone had different opinions about Caesar. People loved him and people hated him. The people that loved Caesar wanted him to be King, Mark Antony presented Caesar with becoming King, but Caesar denied it. Caesar denied the crown for the people who didn't like him, but he knew that one day he would become King, or so he thought.

King's Family

King was married to Coretta Scott King. They had four children, Martin, Dexter, Yolanda and Bernice. Martin Luther's father was also a minister and great speaker. His mother was also very religious and played a significant role in the affairs of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. His siblings, Alfred, (further known as A.D.) and Christine were both active civil rights activist.

Caesar's Family

Caesar's family tree is a little more complicated. Caesar was married to Calpurnia, but had two other spouse's who were Cornelia, and Pompeia. He had a child with Cleopatra, Caesarion. He had other children as well, Augustus, and Julia. His parents were Aurelia Cotta, and Gaius Julius Caesar. Caesar took after his father in politics and began his ambition for power from him.

Kings assassination Details

Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4th, 1968 in the early evening. He was killed by a single shot which struck his face and neck. He was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had come to lead a peaceful march in support of striking sanitation workers. Shortly after the murder, a bundle was dropped near the door of Canipe's Amusement Co. near the assassination scene, and a white Mustang sped away. On April 19, fingerprints on the rifle and other items were matched to James Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary. It took over a month to find and arrest him finally, in Heathrow Airport, London, England.

Caesar's Assassination Details

Julius Caesar was killed on the "Ideas of March" in Rome Italy 44 B.C. Caesar walked into the Senate, everyone rose out of respect. Right next to him went Tillius Cimber, whose brother had been exiled by Caesar. Under pretext of a humble request on behalf of this brother, Cimber approached and grasped the mantle of his toga, seeming to want to make a more positive move with his hands upon Caesar. Caesar wanted to get up and use his hands, but was prevented by Cimber and became exceedingly annoyed. That was the que.

That was the moment for the men to set to work. All quickly unsheathed their daggers and rushed at him. First Servilius Casca struck him with the point of the blade on the left shoulder a little above the collar-bone. He had been aiming for that, but in the excitement he missed. Caesar rose to defend himself, and in the uproar Casca shouted out in Greek to his brother. The latter heard him and drove his sword into the ribs. After a moment, Cassius made a slash at his face, and Decimus Brutus pierced him in the side. While Cassius Longinus was trying to give him another blow he missed and struck Marcus Brutus on the hand. Minucius also hit out at Caesar and hit Rubrius in the thigh. They were just like men doing battle against him.

Under the mass of wounds, he fell at the foot of Pompey's statue. Everyone wanted to seem to have had some part in the murder, and there was not one of them who failed to strike his body as it lay there, until, wounded thirty-five times, he breathed his last. " En tu Brutue? "

Public's response to King's death

The Crowd after Brutus's speech was very brutal. They were upset that Caesar was dead but they thought it was for the best of Rome. They became snooty towards Antony when he stepped up to speak. After Antony said his speech the crowd was disputing all Brutus was speaking about how Caesar was the ruin for Rome and that Brutus was wrong and was sarcastically saying that Brutus should be killed for killing Caesar.


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