ATLANTA, Ga. -- Forty-five years ago, Civil Rights Icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was standing on the balcony of a motel in Memphis, Tennessee when he was assassinated.
As he stood on the balcony, it would come to be known that James Earl Ray fired the fatal shot from the bathroom of a rooming house, nearby.
The world's heart would skip a beat and a nation falling to its knees, as the leader of the non-violent movement to end racism would be silenced.
The night before his assassination, Dr. King delivered one of his most powerful speeches before a crowded Memphis church. He spoke to the injustice felt by the city's sanitation workers.
Many of those in attendance believed Dr. King knew his time here on earth was nearing its end.
James Earl Ray was convicted in King's death and died some thirty years later in prison.
Thursday afternoon, a group of religious ministers here in Atlanta marked the occasion by calling on congress to put an end to gun violence across the country on the anniversary of Dr. King's death.
A wreath was placed at the King Center at the grave site where his parents are now resting.
Resting, perhaps, on the words once uttered by a close friend of Dr. King's - Reverend Samuel Kyle's - "you can kill the dreamer - but you can't kill his dream."