Throwback Thursday: Losing King 1968

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Fifty-one years ago, today, a powerful voice & soul was extinguished. I wasn’t even two years old when he was killed. He was only 39. He wasn’t a perfect person (who is?) but, his message was.

From The History Channel:

Just after 6:00p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers’ strike and, was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead after his arrival at a Memphis hospital.

As word of the assassination spread, riots broke out in cities all across the United States and, National Guard troops were deployed in Memphis and Washington, D.C. On April 9, King was laid to rest in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets to pay tribute to King’s casket as it passed by in a wooden farm cart drawn by two mules.

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From Wikipedia:

The King family and others believe the assassination was the result of a conspiracy involving the U.S. government, Mafia and Memphis police, as alleged by Loyd Jowers in 1993. They believe that Ray was a scapegoat. In 1999, the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jowers for the sum of $10 million. During closing arguments, their attorney asked the jury to award damages of $100, to make the point that “it was not about the money.” During the trial, both sides presented evidence alleging a government conspiracy. The government agencies accused could not defend themselves or respond because they were not named as defendants. Based on the evidence, the jury concluded Jowers, and others, were “part of a conspiracy to kill King” and awarded the family $100. The allegations and the finding of the Memphis jury were later rejected by the United States Department of Justice in 2000 due to lack of evidence.

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After the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, King told his wife, Coretta Scott King, “This is what is going to happen to me also. I keep telling you, this is a sick society.”

Senator Robert F. Kennedy was the first to tell his audience in Indianapolis that King had died. He stated:

“For those of you who are black, and are tempted to be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed but, he was killed by a white man.

His speech has been credited as preventing riots in Indianapolis when the rest of the country was not so lucky.

On March 10, 1969, James Earl Ray pleaded guilty (on his birthday) and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary. He died in prison at the age of 70 on April 23, 1998, twenty-nine years and 19 days after King’s assassination.

Many documents regarding an FBI investigation remain classified and will stay secret until 2027.

I’ve seen the Promised Land.

15 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Losing King 1968

    badfinger20 said:
    April 4, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    1968 was a rough year. I hate when they classify records to protect themselves.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 4, 2019 at 11:47 PM

      Yeah…that ‘National Security’ bullshit. They want to make sure that everyone involved are all dead before the truth comes out…if ever. The Kennedy Assassination was supposed to be sealed for 75 years but, some of it has been released.

        badfinger20 said:
        April 4, 2019 at 11:51 PM

        No telling what future generations will find out…and they will not give a damn… that is the point I guess.
        They released the John Lennon files and much of them were blacked out. He went on the Mike Douglas Show or Cavetts…and said someone is tapping my phones because I hear them….after that he said they stopped.

        I’m not a fan of Hoover.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          April 5, 2019 at 12:21 AM

          What the hell did Lennon do to attract surveillance?

          Hoover, like Giuliani, was a cross-dresser. Freak.

          By the time the next generation gets all the info, the way things are going, they won’t comprehend what they’ve been handed. They won’t even know who Kennedy was.

            badfinger20 said:
            April 5, 2019 at 12:26 AM

            Pissed off Nixon…Nixon thought he would sway the young. He hung out for a time with Hoffman…like most tihngs he moved on to something else quickly afterward. He said later the radicals used him to get pub…ya think John?

            I know and that is sad. I would love to see the Kennedy and the King files.

              The Hinoeuma responded:
              April 5, 2019 at 1:20 AM

              So, his murder was unrelated to Nixon?

                badfinger20 said:
                April 5, 2019 at 1:32 AM

                I hope not…I would hate to think that…. Chapman was/is screwed up.
                Cavett’s staff got audited because of Lennon. On youtube Nixon says…”Who is Cavett and how can we screw him?…”

    hanspostcard said:
    April 5, 2019 at 7:03 AM

    Nixon was a scumbag- it was well beyond just Watergate- he was into things he had no right to be doing from the illegal bombing in Cambodia to sicking the IRS etc on his perceived enemies. … 1968 the worst year in American history with the assassinations/ riots/ Vietnam/ Violence/ Nixon election etc. I wish I could recall who said it but it was on point- 1968 was America having a nervous breakdown.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 5, 2019 at 3:12 PM

      Nixon was bad but, the lead up to 1968 being a mess is placed firmly on LBJ. That monster makes Nixon look like a boy scout.

      Nixon wasn’t elected until November and didn’t take office until January 1969. And, the election riots were Dems, not Republicans.

      And, the only reason Nixon got into office is because the Dems couldn’t get a better candidate than Bobby after his murder. McCarthy just walked away. Humphrey was a joke.

      LBJ had a hand in Kennedy’s murder, as did G H W Bush. I suspect that he had a hand in King’s murder…possibly Bobby’s. He was off the charts evil. HE is the one that ramped up Vietnam and claimed that soldiers couldn’t go to the latrine without his permission.

      Regarding Nixon going after people with the IRS, Obama did the same thing and was applauded for doing it.

      We’d have been better off with Reagan getting the nomination.

      Past that, this country would have been better off with Goldwater. Nixon would never have made it into office.

      Nixon is hardly our worst Prez. He was bad but, FDR, LBJ, Bush, W & Obama did far more damage. And, he didn’t engineer Watergate. He only tried to cover it up. And, the Clintons? Again, Nixon is a boy scout in comparison to those two.

      It was a bad year…

        hanspostcard said:
        April 5, 2019 at 3:51 PM

        I wasn’t blaming all of 1968 on Nixon. You are right Humphrey was a terrible candidate. Even knowing what I know I’d have to have voted Nixon in ’68. It was a pretty bad choice.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          April 5, 2019 at 4:25 PM

          No doubt. I ‘thought’ about voting for Trump, just because HRC is an abject nightmare but…I couldn’t. Both choices weren’t choices.

          And, WTH awaits us, next? 🤔🤨🙄😖😵

            hanspostcard said:
            April 5, 2019 at 5:55 PM

            At this point I have no idea who the democrat will be next year. the debates -starting in a couple months should be interesting.

    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    April 6, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    If it was we will never find out.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 6, 2019 at 4:56 PM

      IF it is released at all, it will be heavily redacted in the name of ‘National Security’. Yeah. I’m with the family.

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