On April 4, 1968, a shot heard around the world not only changed our world, but it ended the life of a man who heroically faced ridicule, hate and most importantly, racism, head-on. Forty-four years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, we have no less reason -- but perhaps even more -- to remember who he was, what he did and how he left our world a better place.

Despite the controversy that continues to this day surrounding James Earl Ray and how much he was involved in Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, I think it's more appropriate to spend today remembering Dr. King. Because at 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968, despite the turmoil that followed his death, we must remember the civil rights for which he fought.

Rest in peace, Dr. King.

In remembrance, here is Dr. King's last speech he gave before his death -- it occurred on April 3, 1968. More prophetic words may never have been spoken.