Happy birthday to one of the greatest civil rights leaders. MLK’s birthday was on the 15th, but is celebrated on the Third Monday of January, in accordance to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Martin Luther King was born on Jan 15, 1929.
But before being assassinated on April 4, 1968, guess who tried to get MLK to kill himself? The FBI.
Read a letter from the National Archives that the FBI now admits it sent to MLK in an attempt to get him to kill himself, here (and this was before the FBI hired black evangelist Elder Michaux to discredit MLK):
MLK survived both of these events, and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, before being assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968. Ray was an escaped prisoner from the clutches of a government facility, and died in 1998– without ever having a jury trial for the MLK assassination, as his lawyer convinced him to plead guilty and forego a trial– something Ray immediately tried to reverse for the rest of his life, unsuccessfully, leaving the details of his very-important case shrouded in mystery, and we may never learn why the ballistics from Ray’s gun didn’t match.
While MLK went on to be celebrated globally after his death, the power that MLK brought back to the people from the government was not something that the government took lightly– obviously.
So take today to appreciate integration, to appreciate innovation, and to appreciate MLK. Without him, we’d be living in a very different world. And this one is better.