Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Martin Luther King Assassination Special
I want to turn to my favorite song from the band U2. Pride: In The Name Of Love. Its lyrics:
Early morning, April four, Shot rings out in the Memphis sky. Free at last, they took your life, They could not take your pride. Those of course are the lyrics to U2's famous song Pride: In the name of Love. A quick explanation of the lyrics. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis on April 4th 1968. His name is "King" and therefore, poetically, his followers could be considered his "pride" ; as that is what lions in a group are referred to. What is most important, is the line from the song that says: they could not take your pride. They didn't stop the Civil Rights movement with the murder of Dr King. The Civil Rights movement was bigger than any one man. It was just. It was right and its time was neigh.
Our guests tonight, Larry Hancock and Stuart Wexler, have written what many feel is the definitive book about the King assassination it is titled: THE AWFUL GRACE OF GOD Religious Terrorism, White Supremacy, and the Unsolved Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tonight we will examine the conspiracy to kill Dr. King, who set up the plot, who was behind it and if James Earl Ray was indeed the lone nut assassin acting on whim , just like they try to tell us both Lee Harvey Oswald was of JFK and Sirhan Sirhan was of Bobby Kennedy. Or if there is more to the story than we have been lead to believe. Let's find out shall we?
Larry Hancock: After service in the Air Force and a career in computer communications Larry Hancock has pursued his lifelong interest in history, researching and writing a number of books dealing with the assassinations of the 1960's and covert and deniable warfare into the 21st Century. His most recent book now in print is Surprise Attack, an exploration of the American security response to attacks from Pearl Harbor though 9/11 and Benghazi.
Stuart Wexler's research on political violence in modern America has been featured in his book America's Secret Jihad and in the book the Awful Grace of God, co-authored with Larry Hancock. Wexler has expanded on his research in appearances on NPR with Leonard Lopate, in the Washington Post, in Newsweek and in the Daily Beast, among other media outlets.
Larry Hancock Website
Counterpress Profile on Stuart Wexler