A Light Went Out

lorrainemotel1(Photo: Henry Groskinsky./Time & Life Pictures Taken: 4/4/1968)

Today is the 41st anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. I mark this day here lest someone think that I have forgotten, but also lest others forget the price of daring to advocate for a different world. In the image above, members of the SLC gather outside the door of Martin Luther King Jr.’s hotel room, to the right is the blood soaked balcony where his body fell, a broom, a sign of how hotel staff would first try to clean it.

As I have said many times, the lives of Martin and Malcom are not just revolutionary they are also mirrors of a global decolonial struggle in which it takes a moderate and a militant to unseat hegemonic rule. I prefer to remember their lives rather than memorialize the moment when the people in power tore life and leaders from this world to stop an idea whose time had surely come.

2 thoughts on “A Light Went Out

  1. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated exactly one week before my fourth birthday. Of course, I was too young to know or to understand what was happening, but, my birthday month holds a lot of significance for me given the events which took place during that time.

    Here is a link to a fabulous photo retrospective published by Life online. These are never-before-seen photos of the day Dr. King was assassinated: http://www.life.com/image/first/in-gallery/24651

    • that has to be awful, I have a friend whose birthday is also this month and she marks all of the events (columbine, Dr. King, etc).

      Thanks for the link, it is the same one in the citation on the post, just an FYI so people can click through easier.

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