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April 4, 2018

April 4th, the anniversary of the day that Martin Luther King died

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 11:23 am

You can read about the death of Martin Luther King in this news article:

The following quote is from the news article:

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(CNN)It’s April 4, 1968, and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. steps outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, and leans over the balcony.

King has been in an anxious mood all day, and his room reflects his hurried state of mind. His bed remains unmade, and his suitcase — containing his hair brush, clothes, a can of Magic Shave and a copy of his book, “Strength to Love” — remains unpacked.
As King stands on the balcony, he asks a saxophonist in the courtyard below to play his favorite song, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” at a rally he’s leading later that night.
Across the street, a man raises his rifle in the narrow bathroom of a derelict rooming house and points it at King. It is 6:01 p.m.
Just as the man squeezes the trigger, King suddenly returns to his room to don his overcoat against the evening chill. The bullet misses King’s head by inches and slams into a wall.
American history is full of grim what-if questions. What if President Lincoln’s bodyguard had not decided to get a drink and leave Lincoln unguarded that night at Ford’s Theatre? What if Robert Kennedy had decided not to take a shortcut through the kitchen at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, where an assassin was waiting for him on the night he was killed?
As the nation remembers King’s assassination in Memphis 50 years ago, there’s another largely unspoken question: What if King had survived? Would he have changed the trajectory of events that shaped a post-1968 America? And how would events have changed him as the country evolved?

1 Comment »

  1. When I first started traveling, many years ago, with the intention of writing articles which I would sell to magazines, the first place that I went, was to see the place where Martin Luther King was shot. I was told that no magazine would accept my story because no one was allowed to know the true story of how and why King was shot.

    Comment by furtherglory — April 4, 2018 @ 11:36 am

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