He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
This year, the recurrence of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., is particularly poignant, given the climate of the times, the recent election and the upcoming inauguration. We are reminded in this regard of the Poor People's March on Washington which Dr. King was helping to organize when he was downed by an assassin's bullet. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of his Riverside Church speech in which he publicly denounced the war in Vietnam.
In tribute to Dr. King, we thought it appropriate to recall from the Probe archives three of the best pieces which appeared in that magazine on the subject of his assassination.
The first, an early piece from 1997 by Lisa Pease, reports on Dexter King's meeting with James Earl Ray, which led eventually to the civil trial in Memphis in which the jury confirmed the latter's innocence in the April 4, 1968 shooting.
The second is a transcript by Dick Russell of Judge Brown's remarks made on the 30th anniversary of the assassination (April 3, 1998) at the Centenary Methodist Church in Memphis (of note is his expert opinion concerning the alleged murder weapon).
Finally, Jim Douglass' excellent summary of what happened in the much covered up and distorted civil trial in Memphis in 1999 continues to be one of the best things written on it. Thanks to him, Probe was the only media outlet where readers could find the truth at the time.
Given its critical importance, we also link here to the Riverside Church speech, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence", delivered exactly one year to the day before King was murdered. This speech is largely ignored by the MSM and is not as well known to most Americans as is the "I've Got A Dream" speech from 1963; it deserves much wider attention. We have also embedded the YouTube link at the bottom of the page so that one may follow along by listening to it.