Apr 01, 2012
By AM740 Staff
April 4th marks the 44th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. A Baptist minister and founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), King had led the civil rights movement since the mid-1950s, using a combination of powerful words and non-violent tactics such as sit-ins, boycotts and protest marches (including the massive March on Washington in 1963) to fight segregation and achieve significant civil and voting rights advances for African Americans. His assassination led to an outpouring of anger among black Americans, as well as a period of national mourning that helped speed the way for an equal housing bill that would be the last significant legislative achievement of the civil rights era.
Richard welcomes Jerry Ray, younger brother of James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. and historian/researcher Tamara Carter to discusss one of the most significant events in modern American history – and one of the most mysterious. Jerry and Tamara reveal previously undisclosed information about James Early Ray and the events surrounding that transformative day. They’ll also discuss the failure of the U.S. government to this day to rigorously test the alleged murder weapon; a counter-narrative that indicts the mainstream media for its uncritical coverage of the official story.