What apparently has been lost in the memorializing hype is the fact that during the last year
of Dr. King's life, he was a vehement opponent of the Vietnam war, much to the chagrin of the
establishment Civil Rights community. He also began speaking out against poverty and corporate
power. His popularity was at an all-time low when he was shot down in Memphis.
An interesting fact concerning his assasination: About an hour before King's death, a roving patrol
of the Memphis police aroung the Lorraine Motel was suddenly withdrawn without any notice being made
to King and his associates.
Dr. King's enemies in the Civil Rights movement and the Democratic party, ( And he had many), subsequently
closed ranks and manufactured a myth which had nothing to do with the real man and the circumstances behind
A post script.
If Dr. King were alive today, he would be the most vehement and vocal critic of Obama, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,
and the Wall Street bailout. Most likely, the Government , through the so-called department of "Homeland Security"
would brand him a "terrorist" under the so-called "Patriot Act",
He would subsequently be charged, arrested, and disappeared, if not already being allowed to be done away with
by another "Lone Nut".
Apparently, times have not changed much.
God bless America,
John F. Davies
Sean P Eagan
Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans
Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars