The conspiracy of MLK assassination

By: Lanique Ellis

Background Information

Who? Martin Luther King Jr.



What? The assassination of MLK


When? April 4th, 1968


Where? Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee


Why? MLK was assassinated due to his bravery and leadership to protest for what was right, which then angered those of the opposite race.


How? Shot once in the jaw, severing his spinal cord

Media Perspectives

Facts:

  • Martin Luther King was a leader in the civil rights movement
  • Elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Delivered his "I have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner
  • 1964 Congress passed the Civil Rights act, eliminating legalized racial segregation
  • 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed
  • Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4th, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee
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Marxist Criticism

I think this incident can be marxist criticism because of the different classes. How the whites thought they were better because they had more money and they didn't want blacks eating at the same places as them. Also blacks got paid less than minimum wage and that was fair. So they protest to get equal rights and end segregation. The whites were the upper class and the blacks were the lower class.

Bias by story selection

This can be bias by store selection because all of the articles I looked at was one-sided. They were either against it and protesting in the marches with MLK. Mainly African Americans supported it and wanted to help make a change. But the upper didn't want change and thought that race mixing is bad. The believed that the government played a role in his assassination so they can be apart of the conservative side.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdHWluPrzMI

Citations

  1. "Martin Luther King Jr Assassination." History.com. A&E Television Networks. Web. 5 May 2015.
  2. "Assassination Conspiracy Trial." Assassination Conspiracy Trial. Web. 5 May 2015.
  3. Infoplease. Infoplease. Web. 5 May 2015.
  4. "The End of Segregation." The End of Segregation. Web. 5 May 2015.