Moneta Sleet:Pulitzer Prize Winner




Moneta Sleet win a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of Coretta Scott King and her daughter at her husband’s funeral, making him the first African- American photographer for journalism, May 5, 1969.

Momorial For Dr. Martin Luther King: This Day In History



The Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. and his wife, Alberta King, the parents of assassinated civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and King Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King, at Morehouse College during a memorial for King in Atlanta, April 9, 1968.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr:The $100,000 Hit?


Little Known Black History Fact: Loyd Jowers

The shot that killed Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this day in 1968 was presumably fired from Jim’s Grill, a café on ground floor of a rooming house. James Earl Ray, King’s assassin, was staying there. But Loyd Jowers, who ran Jim’s Grill, stated he received $100,000 to arrange for Dr. King’s assassination and said that Ray was not King’s killer.

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“King-Abernathy suite”.

Ralph Abernathy testified to the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations that King and his entourage stayed at room 306 at the Lorraine Motel so often it was known as the “King-Abernathy suite”. According to Jesse Jackson, King’s last words on the balcony were spoken to musician Ben Branch, who was scheduled to perform that night at an event King was attending: “Ben, make sure you play ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’ in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.”
At 6:01 p.m., April 4, 1968, a shot rang out as King stood on the motel’s second-floor balcony. The bullet entered through his right cheek, smashing his jaw, then traveled down his spinal cord before lodging in his shoulder.  Abernathy heard the shot from inside the motel room and ran to the balcony to find King on the floor.
King’s autopsy revealed that though only 39 years old, he “had the heart of a 60 year old”, which was attributed to the stress of 13 years in the civil rights movement.

Lorraine Hotel:Room 306



Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, Dr. King, and Ralph Abernathy in front of room 306, April 3, 1968, a day before the assassination.

Coretta Scott: Young Songstress!



Coretta Scott King was preparing for a career as a singer when she met the young preacher, Martin Luther King, Jr. Who knew?
Young Coretta Scott King!




Hollywood: Joins The March On Washington



Sammy Davis Jr., waving to people as he walks past ushers at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, 1963. Paul Newman arrives at National Airport in Washington, D.C. to attend the March for Freedom and Jobs.

Baker & Horne: Woman Of The March


Josephine Baker and Lena Horne at the Lincoln Memorial.  Demonstrators sit near the reflecting pool in Washington DC after participating in the March on Washington.

United We Stand: 50th Anniversary


A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin began planning the march in December 1962. They envisioned two days of protest, including sit-ins and lobbying followed by a mass rally at the Lincoln Memorial. They wanted to focus on joblessness and to call for a public works program that would employ blacks.


In early 1963 they called publicly for “a massive March on Washington for jobs”. They received help from Amalgamated Clothing Workers unionist Stanley Aronowitz, who gathered support from radical organizers who could be trusted not to report their plans to the Kennedy administration. The unionists offered tentative support for a march that would be focused on jobs.


On May 15, 1963, without securing the cooperation of the NAACP or the Urban League, Randolph announced an “October Emancipation March on Washington for Jobs”.  He reached out to union leaders, winning the support of the UAW’s Walter Reuther, but not of AFL–CIO president George Meany.


Randolph and Rustin intended to focus the March on economic inequality, stating in their original plan that “integration in the fields of education, housing, transportation and public accommodations will be of limited extent and duration so long as fundamental economic inequality along racial lines persists.”


As they negotiated with other leaders, they expanded their stated objectives to “Jobs and Freedom” to acknowledge the agenda of groups that focused more on civil rights in June 1963, leaders from several different organizations formed the Council for United Civil Rights Leadership, an umbrella group which would coordinate funds and messaging.


This coalition of leaders, who became known as the “Big Six”, included: Randolph who was chosen as the titular head of the march, James Farmer (president of the Congress of Racial Equality), John Lewis (chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), Martin Luther King, Jr.


(president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference), Roy Wilkins (president of the NAACP), and Whitney Young (president of the National Urban League). King in particular had become well known for his role in the Birmingham campaign and for his Letter from Birmingham Jail.


Set of Goals: Passage of meaningful civil rights legislation. Immediate elimination of school segregation. A program of public works, including job training, for the unemployed. A Federal law prohibiting discrimination in public or private hiring. A $2-an-hour minimum wage nationwide.



Withholding Federal funds from programs that tolerate discrimination. Enforcement of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution by reducing congressional representation from States that disenfranchise citizens. A broadened Fair Labor Standards Act to currently excluded employment areas. Authority for the Attorney General to institute injunctive suits when constitutional rights are violated.

Martin Luther King: 50th Anniverary Walk

On this day in 1963, more than 125,000 people march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. down Woodward Ave. in an effort to promote civil rights. Participants inclu…de: Activist and real estate broker James Del Rio; the Rev. C.L. Franklin; the Rev. Albert B. Cleage, Jr.; former Gov. John Swainson; Mayor Jerome P. Cavanagh and UAW President Walter Reuther. The event, which includes a rally at Cobo Arena, is sponsored by the Detroit Council for Human Rights. It is where King will delivers his seminal “I Have a Dream” speech.


atlDr. Martin Luther King’s coffin being loaded on plane to go to Atlanta.


American civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968) lying in state in Memphis, Tennessee, as his colleagues pay their respects to him (right to left); Andrew Young, Bernard Lee and Reverend Ralph Abernathy (1926 – 1990).  (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) Getty Imagescasket



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel after his assassination, Memphis, Tennessee, April 4, 1968.

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