April 4, 2017 marks the 49th anniversary of the assassination Of Reverend/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The murder of Dr. King happened at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4. 1968. At that time a white racist male named James Earl Ray was charged as the assassin and sentenced to life in prison. He later recanted his admission of guilt and due to that fact, the King family filed a civil law suit in the Memphis court system in 1999.
After a lengthy trial was held, the jury returned with a verdict that the assassination of Dr. King was “due to a conspiracy by agencies of the United States Government.” There is documented evidence (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, trial ) identifying names (J. Edgar Hoover/FBI, etc.) along with the many others involved. In fact, it reveals the actual assassination shooter was a now deceased police lieutenant from the Memphis Police Dept. All the facts are there for public consumption and viewing.
What is most disturbing is the fact that although the truth is known, the actual killers of Dr. King have not been brought to justice. Since the year 2000, our organization, the Black Community Information Center Inc. located in Boston, Mass. has sent letters on a yearly basis calling on various presidents (Clinton, W. Bush, Obama) from the past to take the needed action that would instruct their respective justice departments to establish a “special grand jury” to investigate, identify and prosecute those responsible for this horrendous act. The response to our urgent request was acknowledgement of receipt and total silence!!
This being the Trump era presidency, reality dictates that a new strategy be pursued. Therefore, it is our intent to now focus energy for justice towards the Congressional Black Caucus and senior member, Mr. John Lewis. Congressman Lewis was a close confidant of Dr. King and we hope his relationship will inspire him to take the lead in moving the process for justice. He along with his “Caucus” colleagues know the truth along with other alleged Afrikan/Black leaders (Sharpton, J. Jackson, King III, Andrew Young, etc.), but no action to this point has been taken. A letter is being sent to Congressman Lewis, urging himself and the Congressional Black Caucus to take the lead in seeking justice for Dr. King and his family.
The “Caucus” should at the very least file legislation calling for the “special grand jury” to investigate the assassination of Dr. King. In fact a precedent has been set by former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney who in 2002 filed the “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reform Act”. This legislation would immediately release past evidence on the case that has been “sealed” until the year 2027. The “Caucus” should lead the way in having that pertinent evidence released immediately. In addition as an added incentive, the “Emmett
Till Civil Rights Authorization Act 2016” was filed by the Obama administration. This legislation calls for “investigating all racial crimes committed before year 1980.” These two legislative actions serve as a clear path to pursue the investigation and put the facts out for public review.
Most importantly, Dr. King gave up his life for Afrikan/Black people and we should be relentless until this case is resolved. You are urged to get on board with this campaign by contacting the office of Congressman Lewis to demand action by the “Caucus” as our duly elected officials. Let him and his colleagues know we want the “special grand jury” to be established and pursuit of the previously mentioned filed legislation in 2002 and 2016 respectively. You can reach his office at 202-225-3801. Make the power of our community be heard by making those calls and sending a strong message for justice!!!
In closing you are encouraged o click on the attachment below and listen to a song I have shared in the past. It gives you a melodic fact finding summary of the assassination of Dr. King. It is written and sung by talented Boston songstress Ms. Rosalie Placid. Listen to the words and hear the story to be told!!!
Sadiki Kambon, Faciliator
Nubian Leadership Circle