April 4, 2008

Remembering Dr. King, part one

Posted in Civil rights, History, Racial issues at 8:56 pm by The Lizard Queen

As I’m sure the majority of my readers know, today marks the fortieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. I wanted to mark the occasion, even though I don’t really have anything substantive to add to the discussion.

I came across this haunting image this morning, though, via the L.A. Times’ Opinion section:

Here’s the explanation of the shot:

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968. Within hours, Life magazine photographer Steve Schapiro was on that balcony and through the door of King’s room.

“The physical body of Martin Luther King Jr.,” writes Schapiro in a new book of his photographs, “Schapiro’s Heroes,” “was forever gone, leaving a few small material remains behind: a wrinkled shirt, a book, a Soul Force magazine, an old Styrofoam coffee cup. The half-drunk coffee cup gave me a moment of pause. He had left his room planning to return.

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