Martin Luther King
When I was in Atlanta a couple of years ago, I went to that God awful Gone With the Wind museum that I rant on and on about in the Margaret Mitchell story. Shortly after leaving that place, my friend and I walked thru the most scary section of Atlanta (I'm originally from Detroit - I'm entitled to this opinion) to get to the birthplace of Martin Luther King Junior.
He was born in this house, on January 15th, 1929.
During his life, which is well documented elsewhere - he did many amazing and brave things for all people. He was an inspiration, and had balls of steel.
On April 3rd 1968, King was in Memphis, Tennessee. There was a sanitation worker's strike and King gave what would be his last speech:
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord."
You can see that the men saw where the bullets came from, in the direction they were pointing, at these buildings.
Meanwhile, King lies there.
He was taken into emergency surgery, but was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m.
The mule cart was obviously symbolic for poor people, and being a humble man. Much like Diana POW and Mother Theresa's gun carts symbolized, hey wait a second. What the hell did it symbolize?
New pal Darryl sends us this: The mules are actually a symbol of freedom. Each slave was given a mule and 40 acres when they were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. You'll also find that Spike Lee's independent film company is called, "A Mule & 40 Acres". It's a relatively strong symbol of freedom.
Lesson learned. Thanks Darryl.
Two months after King was shot, a man named James Earl Ray was arrested in London.
He was a loner, a bigot, and an ex con. Ray claimed he shot through an upstairs bathroom window in one of these buildings.
He said he worked alone, but a lot of people think that Ray was only a small part of a much bigger issue. You can read all about it and another trial they did recently, if you click on this link. It's so fascinating. Tell me what it says.
Ray was sentenced for 99 years, and inevitably died in prison in April of 1998. He was being treated in the Memorial Hospital in Nashville at the time, for a liver disease. They were actually considering giving him another liver, which would be way generous of them, don'tcha think? But I tell you, if I was one of those surgeons, and my skin tone was a bit dark, you just don't know how slippery those livers can be! Oh, and Ray's brother is trying to get the gun back that his brother used to off Martin.
There is now a plaque on the outside of the Lorraine hotel, which has turned into a civil rights museum.
They have a bus that represents the one Rosa Parks wouldn't move off of, but I just read that the Henry Ford Museum bought that baby, so it will be on display with JFK's assassination vehicle. Cool.
March 2002, Findadeath.com friend Nutty Nut Buster sends us an article about the bus.
Big snaps to Robert B. Dickerson, Jr, for his book Final Placement, where some of this information was acquired.
Trivia : I don't know if this is true, but supposedly Martin Luther King paid the doctor bill for Julia Roberts' birth. Roberts parents were destitute. King was killed 6 months after he helped bring our Julia to the world. Here is documentation. Thanks to Findadeath.com friend Bill, for sending it along.