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MLK’s Mother Was Assassinated, Too: The Forgotten Women Of Black History Month

(Editor’s note: On June 30th, 1974, Alberta Williams King was gunned down while she played the organ for the “Lord’s Prayer” at Ebenezer Baptist Church. As a Christian civil rights activist, she was assassinated…just like her son, Martin Luther King, Jr. But most people remember only one I certainly DID NOT KNOW this story, until I read an article by Aurin Squire. I’ve put up a link so that you can read his article, too. He makes a number of interesting statements about his acquisition of black history. It’s a wonderful article to read during Black History Month. Read it, and share your comments, please.)

Alberta Williams King, victim of assassination

On June 30th, 1974, Alberta Williams King was gunned down while she played the organ for the “Lord’s Prayer” at Ebenezer Baptist Church. As a Christian civil rights activist, she was assassinated…just like her son, Martin Luther King, Jr. But most people remember only one. Until a month ago, I was one of those people.
When a friend told me about Alberta Williams King, my first reaction was “who?” This question was followed by a wave of shame. It was the same feeling I had a few years ago when I first heard about Fannie Lou Hamer. Then later came Ida B. Wells and other leaders who seemed to appear in the discussion of American history to my confused, uninformed silence. I started to suspect that I had half an education and that I had been leaving out the role of women and feminism in Black History.

LINK TO AURIN SQUIRE’S IMPORTANT ARTICLE:

https://dillsnapcogitation.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/the-1974-assassination-of-martin-luther-kings-mother/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberta_Williams_King