The Voices of King
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America met Bernice King on April 9, 1968. The youngest of Coretta and Martin Luther King Jr.’s four children, Bernice had just turned five-years-old two weeks earlier. But there she was, in a packed Ebenezer Baptist Church, dressed in a white dress and draped across her mother’s knees. In a 2008 interview with Bernice, the strains to remember the emotions of the day her father was buried.
Xernona Clayton has always been the King whisperer. Whether she was throwing a surprise birthday party for a reluctant Martin Luther King Jr. three months before his death or, without a cent to her name, trudging to a local dress shop to secure dresses for Coretta Scott King to wear for her husband’s funeral. It seemed fitting that it was Clayton, who stood in front of King’s body at Spelman College’s Sisters Chapel, helped prepare King’S body to be seen.
Martin Luther King, III
Martin Luther King III had to grow UP TOO fast. He was 10 years old when his father, Dr. Martin Luther King JR., was murdered in April 1968. At such a young age, the oldest son of a civil rights icon was forced to break away from his shy and inward personality to take on the role of the man of the house. In this 2008 interview with Martin Luther King III, he gives insight on the King household after the tragic death of its patriarch. There family was, in reality, no different from any...
Former Associated Press reporter Kathryn Johnson, covered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement, who was a prominent female reporter covering the movement. Johnson developed a bond with the King family unlike any other reporter. She was the only reporter allowed in the family’s home, from the moment reports surfaced that King he was shot, till the day of the funeral.
Christine King Farris
Christine King Farris traveled to Memphis in April of 1968 to help retrieve the body of her little brother, Martin Luther King Jr. However she couldn’t get off of the plane. She didn’t want to step foot on the soil where her brother was murdered. Listen as she shares the frustrations of losing her brother.
In the early morning of April 5, 1968, a 22-year-old Tyrone Brooks found himself racing to Memphis, Tennessee in a brand new white Thunderbird. He was determined to reach the city where Dr. King had just been murdered. The new president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Ralph David Abernathy, beckoned all members to Memphis in order to quickly strategize the next steps for the organization. Brooks arrived at 2 a.m., and Memphis was burning. Fires in every direction. The...
Ambassador Andrew Young
Ambassador Andrew Young, was right there, when he friend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down April 4, 1968 at the Loraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Listen to this in-depth interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, conducted in 2008, as Young describes those last few minutes with Dr. King.
Rep. John Lewis
Thirteen voices. Thirteen people who bore witness to the last days of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reached into its archives to bring to you stories from the people who knew him well as they share their unique witness to a tragic moment in American history.
Ralph David Abernathy, III
Getting arrested at the age of 6 or 7, was just something COULD HAPPEN, when you’re the child of a civil rights icon. Ralph David Abernathy, III, a former Georgia state senator and namesake son of a civil rights icon, describes in an interview with the AJC in 2008, how intimately close his family was with the King family. Perhaps one of the more emotionally interviews we conducted ten years ago, Abernathy, III, shared the dynamics of the due that made up his father and Dr. King.
Reverend Joseph Lowery
It was humor, in the face of danger and possible death, that stands out the most when Reverend Joseph Lowery remembers his friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this episode of “The Voices of King,” Lowery dissects some of King’s sermons that made the civil rights icon a revolutionary leader.
Juanita Abernathy, the wife of the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, talks in detail about the unbreakable bond her husband and Dr. King held. She shares stories about how the Kings and the Abernathys met, raising children in the movement, and the constant danger they faced while trying to change the world.
Earl Caldwell: “My only business in Memphis was Martin Luther King Jr.”
Journalist Earl Caldwell talks about his first major assignment in the South: Covering Dr. King’s Poor People March in Memphis. When he checked into the Lorraine Hotel, little did they know what he would witness.
Thirteen voices. Thirteen people who bore witness to the last days of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On the 50th anniversary of the King’s assassination, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reached into the its archives to bring to you stories from the people who knew him well and their unique witness to a tragic moment in American history.