Alberta Williams King

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

On June 30th, 1973, 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.

February 8, 2015

“28 Days Isn’t Enough…”

How many of you knew Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mother, Alberta Williams King, a Christian civil rights activist was also assassinated?

If your heart skipped a beat and your spirit is drawn to know more, I welcome you into CARTER™ Magazine’s world… 28 days isn’t enough to cover a rich and vast history not often told in America, and so CARTER™ Magazine was created to provide 365 days of our story.

via The Guardian: On June 30, 1974, according to witnesses Mrs Alberta King, whose husband, the Rev Martin Luther King Snr, is pastor of the church on Auburn Avenue, was playing the organ for the Lord’s Prayer near the start of the service when the attack began. A young black man jumped and screamed: “You must stop this! I am tired of all this! I’m taking over this morning.”

With that he drew two pistols and for the next 90 seconds fired wildly and continuously, hitting Mrs King, another elderly woman parishioner, and a 69-year-old church deacon, Mr Edward Boykin.


While members of the congregation dived beneath the pews, a few men from the choir jumped on the gunman, who was shouting: “ I’m going to kill everyone in here - they did it to me in the war.”

Mrs King’s grandson Derek, who said he helped to subdue the gunman as he tried to reload a pistol, added: “He was delirious. He appeared to be in a fever. He said over and over, ‘The war did this to me. It’s the war.’”

Mrs King was taken to the nearby Grady Memorial Hospital, where officials said she was “barely alive” on arrival. She died shortly afterwards from a gunshot wound to the right of her head. Mr Boykin was pronounced dead on arrival.

The attack on Mrs King took place less than 100 yards from where her famous son, killed in 1968 at the age of 39, is buried.

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“Alberta King was shot and killed on June 30, 1974 by 23 year-old Marcus Wayne Chenault as she sat at the organ of the Ebenezer Baptist Church during a Sunday service. He wounded three people, two of them —Mrs. King and Deacon Edward Boykin, 69—fatally. According to the New York Times, Chenault ‘told the police that his mission was to kill the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr., but he shot Mrs. King instead because she was close to him’.

Interestingly, Alberta King’s life was taken only a few months before James Earl Ray’s evidentiary hearing to determine whether or not he would be granted a new trial.

The FBI maintained wiretaps on the King Family and the SCLC for some time after MLK Jr.’s assassination.  With mounting evidence of the government’s involvement in the killing, the guilty parties had plenty of reason to be fearful of one of MLK Jr.’s parents going public, or possibly speaking in Ray’s defense.  The last thing those bastards needed was a tag team consisting of MLK Jr.’s mourning widow and his grieving mother (or father) blanketing the airwaves and exposing the FBI’s murderous COINTELPRO shenanigans.”

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

Interesting read.

Alberta Williams King (left) was assassinated just 6 years after her son Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down in Memphis, Tennessee. On June 30th, 1974 Mrs. King was playing the organ in Ebenezer Baptist Church - the very church her son was baptized and later became co-pastor in - when Marcus Wayne Chenault killed her. The assassination of Mrs. King took place less than 100 yards from where her son is buried.

-Collier Meyerson,  MLK’s Mother Was Also Assassinated

My mother confronted the age-old problem of the Negro parent in America: how to explain discrimination and segregation to a small child.

She taught me that I should feel a sense of “somebodiness” but that on the other hand I had to go out and face a system that stared me in the face every day saying you are “less than,” you are “not equal to.” She told me about slavery and how it ended with the Civil War. She tried to explain the divided system of the South—the segregated schools, restaurants, theaters, housing; the white and colored signs on drinking fountains, waiting rooms, lavatories—as a social condition rather than a natural order. She made it clear that she opposed this system and that I must never allow it to make me feel inferior.

Then she said the words that almost every Negro hears before he can yet understand the injustice that makes them necessary: YOU ARE AS GOOD AS ANYONE.

At this time, Mother had no idea that the little boy in her arms would years later be involved in a struggle against the system she was speaking of.

A shooting in a sanctuary

“Atlanta, Ga. - June 30, 1974 - Scene outside of Ebenezer Baptist Church after the shooting of Mrs. Alberta King, mother of Martin Luther King Jr. (Bill Mahan/AJC staff)” Alberta Williams King, 70, who was seated at the church organ playing “The Lord’s Prayer,” was killed, as was Deacon Edward Boykin, 69, by a visitor to the church. A woman in the congregation was wounded. The killer was sentenced to life in prison and he died of a stroke in a Georgia prison cell in 1995.

Photo courtesy of The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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

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.

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

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.

#BlackHistoryMonth- Alberta Williams King #PDMFNB #UniteBlue #LibCrib @bannerite

The mother of the late Rev Martin Luther King, the civil rights leader who was assassinated, was herself shot and killed as she played the organ for morning service in the Ebenezer Baptist Church in of Atlanta, Georgia.

Alberta Christine Williams was born on September 13, 1904, the only daughter of Jennie Celeste Parks and Reverend Adam McNeil Williams, who was then the pastor of the Ebenezer…

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

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.

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

“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. 

Ugh, me too. It’s embarrassing how uninformed I am on so many issues and narratives that should be central to my understanding of feminism and US history in general, but aren’t. It sounds trite but I really didn’t even know anything about feminism until I started reading Jezebel in college, but I really really didn’t understand anything about intersectional feminism (aka…the only feminism that can truly be called feminism) until I stopped reading Jezebel. So it’s a long journey but one I’m committed to because I want to be a strong ally to all women and not just participate in the limited goals of White Feminism. Anyway late night rant but I felt like I needed to talk it out. 

ON THIS DAY, JUNE 30:

1)1985-Rapper/singer Faheem Rasheed Najm, known as T-Pain, was born in Tallahassee, FL; 2)1984-Singer/actress Fantasia Monique Barrino was born in High Point, NC; 3)1978-Larry Doby became manager of the Chicago White Sox baseball team. First African American manager in club history and second in American League history; 4)1974-Marcus Chennault of Dayton, OH shot and killed Mrs. Alberta Williams King, mother of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. and deacon Edward Boykin during church services at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. Chennault was later convicted and sentenced to death; 5)1967-Maj. Robert H. Lawrence Jr. named first Black astronaut; 6)1966-Former heavyweight boxing champion Michael Gerard “Mike” Tyson was born in Brooklyn, NY; 7)1960-Republic of the Congo, later known as Zaire, proclaimed its Independence; 8)1951-NAACP began frontal attack on segregation and discrimination at elementary and high school levels, arguing that segregation was discrimination in cases before three-judged federal courts in South Carolina and Kansas; 9)1951-Jazz bassist and composer Stanley Clarke born in Philadelphia, PA; 10)1926-James Weldon Johnson was honored for his careers as an executive with the NAACP, a member of the United States Consul, editor, and poet by the NAACP in NYC; 11)1917-Actress and singer Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was born in Brooklyn, NY: 12)1906-John Hope became the first Black president of Morehouse College; 13)1881-Henry Highland Garnet, former abolitionist leader and Presbyterian minister, named minister and general Consul to Liberia; 14)1847-Dred Scott, a slave, filed suit in the St. Louis Circuit Court claiming that his temporary residence in a free territory should have made him a free man. Scott would lose the case. #BlackHistory365 #BlackIsBeautiful #PhotoGrid

Alberta Williams King was shot and killed on June 30, 1974 by 23 year-old Marcus Wayne Chenault as she sat at the organ of the Ebenezer Baptist Church during a Sunday service. He wounded three people, two of them —Mrs. King and Deacon Edward Boykin, 69—fatally. According to the New York Times, Chenault “told the police that his mission was to kill the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr., but he shot Mrs. King instead because she was close to him”.

Interestingly, Alberta King’s life was taken only a few months before James Earl Ray’s evidentiary hearing to determine whether or not he would be granted a new trial.

The FBI maintained wiretaps on the King Family and the SCLC for some time after MLK Jr.’s assassination. With mounting evidence of the government’s involvement in the killing, the guilty parties had plenty of reason to be fearful of one of MLK Jr.’s parents going public, or possibly speaking in Ray’s defense. The last thing the FBI needed was a tag team consisting of MLK Jr.’s mourning widow and his grieving mother (or father) blanketing the airwaves and exposing the FBI’s murderous COINTELPRO shenanigans.

COINTELPRO (an acronym for COunter INTELligencePROgram) was a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations.

The FBI has used covert operations against domestic political groups since its inception; however, covert operations under the official COINTELPRO label took place between 1956 and 1971. COINTELPRO tactics have been alleged to include discrediting targets through psychological warfare; smearing individuals and groups using forged documents and by planting false reports in the media; harassment; wrongful imprisonment; and illegal violence, including assassination.

Many are aware of the U.S. Government-directed conspiracy to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. The James Earl Ray lone-nut killer narrative has been thoroughly rebutted, most notably in the 1999 wrongful death lawsuit brought by the King family against Loyd Jowers…

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberta_Williams_King

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Who Was Martin Luther King Jr?

To his family king was a son, a brother, a father, a husband, but to his community he was a leader the face equality, and the source of inspiration to many, influencing choices which has impacted our society greatly, he has been celebrated for his devotion to human rights, shaping history with his determination Martin Luther King Jr born on January the 15th, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia, son of Martin Luther King Sr and Alberta William king, king had a strong christian background and was a middle child between older sister Willie Christine king and younger brother Alfred Daniel William king, king struggle with depression throughout his life, his father was a abusive and strict man as he was grooming his son to become the next pulpit, King’s father was extremely against marrying down meaning he could not marry his first love, a cafeteria employee named Betty it’s been reported he never truly recover from the heart break but he later married Coretta Scott on June the 18th 1953 in Heiberger Alabama, becoming father of four children, Yolanda king, Martin Luther king lll, Dexter Scott king, and Bernice king.



as a gifted student king skipped both the ninth and twelfth grades of high school, attending morehouse college at the age of 15 studying medicine and law, he graduated in 1948, king earned a bachelor of divinity degree in 1951 when he entered Crozer theological seminary in Pennsylvania, winning a prestigious fellowship and became the elected president of his class, in 1955 king received his Ph.D degree beginning his doctoral study in systematic theology at Boston university, at eighteen king decided to join the ministry after he decided the church would provide a way to feed his need to serve humanity, later in December 1955 after Rosa parks stand against segregation king was elected president of the Montgomery improvement association’s,after years of protesting and promotion, king was awarded a noble peace prize on October 14th 1964, named man of the year by time magazine in 1964 he is now remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986, celebrated for advancing the human right movements using nonviolent protesting, king faced many struggles his perseverance has shaped and influence our society greatly, king was best known for his ‘i have a dream speech’ which has been the face of human rights for many years, he has taken pride in his heritage and stood up for his rights seeking justice and equality.



king constantly fought for human rights surviving several bombings, attacks, and police brutality but his fight ended on April 4 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee when he was assassinated by James earl ray, The death of King was great a loss which has impacted a large portion of our society as we did not only lose a great leader but a man who had carried the power to change society for the better, he evolved from a prominent civil rights leader into the symbol of the civil rights movement, He is studied by school children of all backgrounds; his words are quoted by the powerless and the powerful, by anyone who has a dream to make her or his life better, to better the nation, or the world.