Saturday, April 04, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2870, April 4th, 2015

The site of the Martin Luther King assassination. (Photo: International Times).
I was doing my homework on the kitchen table. I was a news geek even then and had The Huntley Brinkley Report on in the TV room. Chet Huntley announced that Martin Luther King Junior had been assassinated in Memphis. I was home alone, I think my parents were at the Supermarket because it was a Thursday night. The next day we watched TV coverage of the event at school. It was still another historical defining moment in my 14th year of life, and that incredible year of 1968.
King was shot dead while he stood on a second-floor balcony outside of his room at the Lorraine Motel, a site that has since become the National Civil Rights Museum. News of the civil rights icon’s assassination prompted outbreaks of racial violence, resulting in more than 40 deaths nationwide and property damage in more than 100 U.S. cities, according to several scholarly accounts of the events.
King had traveled to Tennessee a few days earlier to support Memphis’ local sanitation workers, who were striking over low wages and working conditions. On the evening before his death, King delivered the famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. “I've seen the promised land,” King told an overflowing church crowd. “I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land."
The following evening, King was leaving his hotel for dinner with a colleague when an assassin, later identified as 40-year-old escaped fugitive James Earl Ray, fired a single shot that caused severe wounds to the lower right side of his face, according to one account. (International Business Times)



This coming week two candidates for Mayor will be having events. Democratic candidate George Brown will have a meet and greet Wednesday night at from 7 to 9pm at St. Anthony’s Maronite Church at Park Avenue and Dana Street. Here's what's new on Brown's Facebook page.


Then Saturday April 11th the campaign team for Mayoral hopeful Darlene Duggins Magdalinski will hold a pasta fundraiser. Cost is $8.00 and if you want drinks or dessert you can get that for a dollar extra when you pick the dinner up. For more information call 570 762 9918.Here's an update on Magdalinski's Facebook page.


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