On this day, April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. I get an email from a History of Racial Injustice every day. It serves to remind me how bad the history of white people’s treatment of people of color really is. I don’t want to forget it, and slip into denial.
Dr. King was in the city to speak on his growing Poor People’s campaign, and to support an economic protest by Black sanitation workers. His life had been threatened repeatedly in the past, and a bomb threat had delayed his flight to Memphis the day before.
You can read the article from a History of Racial Injustice here. Also, a more in-depth look at his last days, his coming to terms with his own mortality.
I’m very sad this morning, but still very grateful for the family visit this week. My grandson collected these Turkey-tail fungi for me.