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Wed Apr 4, 2012, 06:31 AM

Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered 44 years ago today.

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Reply Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered 44 years ago today. (Original post)
WilliamPitt Apr 2012 OP
lamp_shade Apr 2012 #1
MarianJack Apr 2012 #2
lunatica Apr 2012 #3
cindyperry2010 Apr 2012 #4
lunatica Apr 2012 #11
Blue_Tires Apr 2012 #5
raccoon Apr 2012 #6
ananda Apr 2012 #7
Ikonoklast Apr 2012 #8
pangaia Apr 2012 #9
RT Atlanta Apr 2012 #10
midnight Apr 2012 #12
RT Atlanta Apr 2012 #14
sinkingfeeling Apr 2012 #13
Faygo Kid Apr 2012 #15

Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 06:38 AM

1. ...

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 06:58 AM

2. An awful day in our history.

Tragically, he was followed in death just 2 months later by Bobby Kennedy.

Thank you for posting and thank you for the reminder of a great man.

PEACE!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 07:03 AM

3. My tribute to him

I love him. He's always made me proud to be an American.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 08:17 AM

4. beautiful picture

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Response to cindyperry2010 (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 09:00 AM

11. Thank you

He's one of my heroes and whenever I think things are so bad that they'll never get better he's one of the good guys who reminds me that anything is possible when you don't give up.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 08:25 AM

5. ttt

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 08:28 AM

6. Of course those in power couldn't let him live. nt

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 08:29 AM

8. And his dream has yet to be fulfilled.

Much to the great shame of this nation.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 08:36 AM

9. I was in Memphis that day.

I was on the faculty at the then Memphis State University.
It was a day I will never forget...

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 08:50 AM

10. Sad, sad day in our history

Below is a link to Bobby Kennedy announcing Dr. King's death on the night of April 4th - apparently Indianapolis was one of the few major towns that did not see rioting on that awful evening.

This is a beautiful speech:

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 09:25 AM

12. He was working for workers to have rights that are now being thrown away... He would be so happy for

OWS....

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Response to midnight (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 09:40 AM

14. He stood with the 99%

Remember, Dr. King was in Memphis to help with the sanitation workers' strike.

Also, at that point in the early spring 1968, Dr. King & his team were well on their way with organizing their Poor Peoples Campaign (NOT, for fucks sake, lowering the tax burden on rich folks in some misguided, and non-effective, "trickle down" theory).

Read more about the Poor Peoples Campaign here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poor_People%27s_Campaign

(Exerpt below)

Planning and strategy

Planning for the Poor People’s Campaign began during a five day retreat on November 27, 1967 in Frogmore, South Carolina. King told his aides that the SCLC would have to raise nonviolence to a new level to pressure Congress into passing an Economic Bill of Rights for the nation’s poor. When reporters asked King about the campaign’s tactics, he sidestepped specific details and focused on the moral dimensions of the crisis. The Poor People’s Campaign held firm to the movement’s commitment to non-violence. “We are custodians of the philosophy of non-violence,” said Martin Luther King, Jr. at a press conference. “And it has worked”. King originally wanted the Poor People's Campaign to start in Quitman County, Mississippi because of the intense and visible economic disparity there. On March 18, 1968, King visited the town of Marks, Mississippi. He watched a teacher feeding schoolchildren their lunch, consisting only of a slice of apple and some crackers, and was moved to tears. After King's death, the Southern part of the Campaign began in Quitman County, riding a train of mules to Washington, D.C..

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 09:31 AM

13. It's been that long? Seems like it was just a few years ago.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Apr 4, 2012, 06:45 PM

15. I remember it well.

Every moment; I was in high school then.

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