It almost seems impossible that it has been forty-four years since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Forty-four years ago I was twenty-two years old and eager to learn as much as I could about politics and civil rights issues.
I wasn’t a follower of Dr. King, but I could appreciate what he was trying to do to secure a better future for me and my family.
I remember Dr. King with deference and respect for his work…
Today marks 44 years since the assassination of civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King was killed April 4, 1968 while standing on the balcony of Memphis’ Lorraine Motel. James Earl Ray confessed to the shooting, although the King family has expressed doubts over whether he was the shooter.
The Grio decided to commemorate this painful anniversary by compiling a short list of rare speeches and interview clips of Dr. King in the 1960s.
DR. KING DISCUSSES THE POSSIBILITY OF A BLACK PRESIDENT (1964):
More videos here…
Though they don’t want you to know about it, the billionaire Koch brothers are bankrolling a massive campaign to roll back progressive achievements, and today, labor, civil rights, and climate activists turned out at dozens of rallies across the country to demonstrate against the Koch’s secretive influence in American politics and to stand up for labor and civil rights.
In Washington, D.C. today an estimated 2,000 protesters marched on Koch Industries’ Washington D.C. offices and attempted to give Charles and David Koch an invitation to come out and speak with the protesters. Not surprisingly, the building’s doors were locked and no one was allowed inside. However, a representative from the real estate company which managed the building told an handful of organizers who attempted to deliver the invitation, “I’d be here with you guys if I wasn’t working right now.” Noting that he works for the building, not Koch, he said, “I don’t want to be here.”
The events were scheduled for today because it marks the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, TN. King traveled to Memphis to support a strike by the city’s sanitation workers, and was an ardent supporter of workers’ rights. Dr. Earl D. Trent Jr., the senior pastor at the Florida Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, told ThinkProgress that if King “were alive today, he would be right here at the forefront, no doubt.” “And that’s why we have to carry this out.”
Last Thursday, tea party activists rallied on Capitol Hill to pressure Republican lawmakers to cut government spending. Crowd estimates ranged from “dozens” to “fewer than 200,” yet the event attracted dozens of reporters and significant media interest, producing hundreds of stories in local and national press. At today’s rally, which was ten times bigger than the tea party one, ThinkProgress spotted three reporters — none from mainstream publications.