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Title: THE ASSASSINATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING


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THE ASSASSINATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING


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Who were Dr. Kings enemies?
  • By 1968 he was losing support
  • Why?
  • Non-violent methods were not changing life in the
    ghetto
  • Less popular with young Blacks
  • Black Panthers
  • Black power
  • riots

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Who were Dr. Kings enemies?
  • Attacked the US governments involvement in
    Vietnam
  • He argued they should be spending money at home
    to help reduce poverty

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Who were Dr. Kings enemies?
  • The FBI saw him as a threat
  • They had continuously undermined the Civil Rights
    movement
  • FBI had paid Black Americans to cause trouble at
    non-violent protests

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Who were Dr. Kings enemies?
  • Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam were
    increasing their numbers
  • Both groups criticised Kings ideas of
    non-violence and integration

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Who were Dr. Kings enemies?
  • King disagreed with the idea of separatism
  • Some people argue that by mid 1960s King was
    campaigning for widespread Human Rights
  • Therefore not focused solely on the problems in
    the North

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Memphis, 1968
  • King went to Memphis, Tennessee to support a
    strike by bin men
  • The peaceful march turned into a riot
  • This was an embarrassment to King
  • He returned two weeks later to protest peacefully

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Speech on the night of his death
  • weve got some difficult days ahead… like
    anybody I would like to live a long life.. But
    Im not concerned about that now.. Ive seen the
    promised land. I may not get there with you but I
    want to know that we as a people will get to the
    promised land.

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Assassination, April 4th, 1968
  • James Earl Ray an escaped convict shot King as he
    stood on the balcony of his motel room
  • http//news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/a
    pril/4/newsid_2453000/2453987.stm

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Assassination, April 4th, 1968
  • Riots erupted in 168 cities
  • 70,000 US troops were required to restore order

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Significance of MLK
  • Nearly all Black Americans and most whites agree
    that eh was one of the most important leaders of
    any colour in the 20th century
  • He forced changes
  • He gave people a dream to live for Jesse Haley

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