Monday, January 15, 2007

What Would Martin Luther King, Jr. Say If He Were Alive Today?

(Courtesy of United for Peace and Justice)

Watch the video:

What Would Martin Luther King, Jr. Say?

and from Democracy Now

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis on April 3, 1968: "Let Us Develop a Kind of Dangerous Unselfishness" *

In March of 1968, King came to Memphis to support striking African-American sanitation workers who were demanding better working conditions and facing massive resistance from white city officials. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 -- days before he was to lead a march in Memphis. The night before he was killed he gave his "I Have Been to the Mountaintop" speech.


* Former Sanitation Worker and Community Organizers Recall the 1968 "I Am A Man" Sanitation Worker Strike & King's Last Hours in Memphis *

In our special broadcast from Memphis, we speak with former sanitation worker and union leader Taylor Rogers and community organizers in Memphis and led a local black power group called the Invaders. Cabbage and Smith were working with Dr. King to organize the march in Memphis in support of the sanitation workers.


* Rev. Jesse Jackson on Witnessing the Assassination of Dr. King *

As a young aide, the Reverend Jesse Jackson was with Dr. King on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968. We speak to Rev. Jackson about the killing he witnessed before his eyes.


* Retired Memphis Policeman: No Black Officers Assigned to Martin Luther King on Day of Assassination *

We speak with retired Memphis police sergeant Jerry Williams about the day Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Williams, who worked in the homicide bureau, was twice assigned to head King’s security team on his visits to Memphis, but on the day he was assassinated, Williams says no black officers were assigned to King’s detail.


* National Civil Rights Museum: The Motel Where Dr. King was Shot Today a Museum that Preserves his Legacy *

The Lorraine Motel is today part of the National Civil Rights Museum. On the balcony outside room 306, where Dr. King last stood, museum co-founder Judge D’army Bailey talks about Dr. King’s legacy and the long struggle for the museum that honors it.


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