Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

I friend of mine were having a chat and she brought up that the US Government was found  guilty of the murder of Martin Luther King in 1999 and this year this info started to re-surface and multiple people were taking extensive efforts to make sure the information stayed hidden. I did some research and here’s what I found.

In 1999 (a year after the person convicted of the assassination, James Earl Ray, died) the United States government was taken to court by King’s family. With a very short trial, due to the overwhelming evidence against the government, they were found guilty. King’s family was awarded $100 and his widow was quoted saying this.

There is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. And the civil court’s unanimous verdict has validated our belief. I wholeheartedly applaud the verdict of the jury and I feel that justice has been well served in their deliberations. This verdict is not only a great victory for my family, but also a great victory for America. It is a great victory for truth itself. It is important to know that this was a SWIFT verdict, delivered after about an hour of jury deliberation. The jury was clearly convinced by the extensive evidence that was presented during the trial that, in addition to Mr. Jowers, the conspiracy of the Mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination of my husband. The jury also affirmed overwhelming evidence that identified someone else, not James Earl Ray, as the shooter, and that Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame. I want to make it clear that my family has no interest in retribution. Instead, our sole concern has been that the full truth of the assassination has been revealed and adjudicated in a court of law. As we pursued this case, some wondered why we would spend the time and energy addressing such a painful part of the past. For both our family and the nation, the short answer is that we had to get involved because the system did not work. Those who are responsible for the assassination were not held to account for their involvement. This verdict, therefore, is a great victory for justice and truth. It has been a difficult and painful experience to revisit this tragedy, but we felt we had an obligation to do everything in our power to seek the truth. Not only for the peace of mind of our family but to also bring closure and healing to the nation. We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.

This is especially disappointing because with a quick google search of “who killed MLK” a short google-provided bio of James Earl Ray pops up

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when there has been proof for 15 years now that US government indeed killed Dr. King. Yet, to this day, America waves his words and what he stood for as the symbol of our country (not to say his words shouldn’t be praised, just that the people who murdered him shouldn’t be using him to feed their ego).

You can read more about the trial here. And if anyone tries to disprove this news source, google “us government killed MLK” and you’ll have a plentiful of articles from 1999-2014 covering this topic more than I ever could in a tumblr post.

PLEASE SPREAD THIS AROUND. I was taught ever since elementary school what James Earl Ray was guilty of Martin Luther King’s death. As his wife stated, all they wanted to get out of this trial was recognition of what really happened, and the fact that all they got was $100 and a pat on the back sickens me. People need to know the truth.


Nigerian artist uses the symbol of the Afro Comb to celebrate activists jailed fighting for freedom and fairness.

Afro combs were very popular in the 70’s in America among Black youth who protested against repression. They represented both cultural and religious beliefs despite the fact that it was quite fashionable. The artist Fred Martins chose an orange color for showing association with prison. Five African leaders were chosen for their struggle for freedom, social justice, and fairness.

Fred Martins previous collection of art was dedicated to the serious issue of climate change. He is an artist who tries to draw attention to crucial problems of the humanity.


“Black Radical Rhapsody” is a series of images designed by Nick James dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. using archival images of Dr King and an image of Ghanaian sculptor, El Anatsui’s “Kente Rhapsody." 

"Black Radical Rhapsody” was originally commissioned by Youth Speaks to promote the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2012.

About the Work El Anatsui

El Anatsui has established himself as Africa’s most significant modern sculptor. Chosen to represent the continent of Africa at the 1990 Venice Biennale, he became one of the first sub-Saharan African artists to exhibit at this prestigious event. 

In these early works, El Anatsui uses the chainsaw and other power tools for much of his work. To him, the tools’ frightening ability to tear through wood becomes a metaphor for the way in which the western powers carved up and divided the African continent, ripping through and destroying both indigenous culture and the local histories dependent upon it. He employs the common idioms and grammar of contemporary western art at the same time as actively undermining them by introducing and juxtaposing ideas, techniques and material from never-yet-subjugated areas that lie far beyond the pale of western art. 

The traditional kente cloth of Ghana provides a theme that runs through much of El Anatsui’s work. The narrow-strip woven cloth is a source of pride and a receptacle for many cultural memories in Ghana and throughout West Africa.

There is nothing wrong with a traffic law which says you have to stop for a red light. But when a fire is raging, the fire truck goes right through the red light…Or, when a person is bleeding to death, the ambulance goes through those red lights at top speed… Disinherited people all over the world are bleeding to death from deep social and economic wounds. They need brigades of ambulance drivers who will have to ignore the red lights of the present system until the emergency is solved. Massive civil disobedience is a strategy for social change which is at least as forceful as an ambulance with its siren on full.
—  Dr. King
Being a Negro in America means being scarred by a history of slavery and family disorganization. Negroes have grown accustomed now to hearing unfeeling and insensitive whites say: “Other immigrant groups such as the Irish, the Jews and the Italians started out with similar handicaps, and yet they made it. Why haven’t the Negroes done the same?” These questioner refuse to see that the situation of other immigrant groups a hundred years ago and the situation of the Negro today cannot be usefully compared. Negroes were brought here in chains long before the Irish decided voluntarily to leave Ireland or the Italians thought of leaving Italy. Some Jews may have left their homes in Europe involuntarily, but they were not in chains when they arrived on these shores. Other immigrant groups came to America with language and economic handicaps, but not with the stigma of color. Above all, no other ethnic group has been a slave on American soil, and no other group has had its family structure deliberately torn apart. This is the rub.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Taken from his last book “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” (1967) (page 103)

A young student came running to me and said, ‘oh, you know it was Dr. King’s birthday recently?’ I said 'yes,’ he said, 'you know, I almost know his speech 'I have a dream’ by heart!’ I said, 'that’s excellent.’ He said, 'did you know that’s the best speech that Dr. King ever gave?’ I told him 'keep quiet.’ You must not spread ignorance, especially among an oppressed people. Anyone who knows anything about Dr. King knows that one of his most mediocre speeches is 'I have a dream’ speech. I commend one other speech to you if you really want to see Dr. King. It’s called 'Why I oppose the war in Vietnam.’ It is here that you will come to see something truly about King.
—  Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) on Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech.