Land of Emmett Till: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King: Notable Quotes

“King Motel” (Memphis, Tenn.)

William Pepper, who represented the King family in the civil trial which found for conspiracy, writes in “Orders to Kill” that “For one bright moment back there in the late 1960s we actually believe that we could change our country. We had identified the enemy. We saw it up close and we had its measure – and we were very hopeful that we would prevail.”

“The cumulative effect of these assassinations is quite clear. They resulted in the death of the old Democratic Party and the birth of the new Jimmy Carter-Bill Clinton-Al Gore Democratic Party. ….”Imagine if you can, that if in the mid-1980s, at the height of the GOP Revolution, Ronald Reagan, Pat Robertson, Newt Gingrich, and George Bush Sr., had all been assassinated in the space of five years. Would the Republicans and the media not suspect something more than coincidence or happenstance? Would their party and their causes be able to sustain the loss? Would Dan Quayle and Bob Dole have been able to pick up the baton? Would history not have been quite different? Certainly, the Democrats were not able to sustain the loss. Nothing comparable filled the gap, nothing even came close. So the constellation fell from the sky and without any pressure from the left, our public debate shifted slowly, inexorably to the right.” — THE ASSASSINATIONS, Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK and Malcolm X, Edited by James DiEugenio and Lisa Pease, p. 635, 638

November 18, 1962 Martin Luther King says: “One of the greatest problems we face with the FBI in the South is that the agents are white Southerners who have been influenced by the mores of their community. To maintain their status, they have to be friendly with the local police and people who are promoting segregation.”

Representative Cynthia McKinney of Georgia

“And despite what the revisionists would have us believe about him, JFK rejected war against a smaller, weaker, poorer country, began to work for détente with the Soviets, and threatened to “scatter the CIA to the four winds.” Now, that was leadership for a new generation. And at that time, we had a choice; but Kennedy correctly pointed out that what we really wanted was not a Pax Americana imposed with American weapons of war; not even a peace for our time; but, instead a peace for all time.

“Snipers’ bullets took that America away from us. And almost in rapid succession, bullets took Martin King and Bobby Kennedy from us, too. It came to my attention during my last days in Congress that Bobby was considering King for his running mate. Now, imagine the America we might have had. But when confronted with evil back then, what did we do?
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