Here’s part of a piece that appeared on The Washington Post’s editorial page on April 5, 1968:
Martin Luther King is the victim of a cruel and wanton act that will be deplored from one end of this country to the other. . . . Those who are responsible for this vile deed have killed an unoffending, God-fearing and innocent man of great goodwill; they have also killed something in the spirit and heart of the American people where lived the bright hope for reconciliation between the races. That hope will be resurrected. . . . It is possible to kill men like Martin Luther King, but the ideas for which they stand are not mortal or destructible.
A handful of lawmakers took to Twitter on Monday to pay their respects to King. Here are some of their tributes:
48 yrs ago today, my friend, my brother, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, TN. The light of his life still shines.— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) April 4, 2016
Today marks the 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's death. His call for justice continues to speak to all of us.— Cicilline Press Office (@RepCicilline) April 4, 2016
"I just want to leave a committed life behind." - Martin Luther King, Jr., "The Drum Major Instinct" (1968).— Rep. Alan Grayson (@AlanGrayson) April 4, 2016