who murdered the martyrs?

malcolm x was shot in harlem on february 21, 1965 by an unknown group of killers who unloaded shots from a sawed off shotgun and several handguns. he was about to give a speech for his new organization, the organization for afro-american unity, one he founded with a vision of social, economic and political freedom for oppressed people of the world. “i personally will unite with anyone, i don’t care what color you are, as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth.”

martin luther king jr. was killed in memphis, tennessee on april 4th, 1968 by james earl ray jr. king had just begun to expand his vision for social justice demonstrations, seeing that non-violent marches were turning into riots. not only was king beginning to unite with other leaders of the civil rights and black power movement, he was also the first prominent speaker to decry the war in vietnam. was james earl ray the only one who wanted king dead? he had become a threat to the economic power structure of the US… who else would have felt threatened by his rhetoric? (fbi, cia, “republicans,” “conservatives”….) “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”

robert f. kennedy was assassinated on june 5th, 1968 in los angeles, california after winning the california and south dakota primary elections for democratic nomination for presidency. he was a civil rights activist who spoke about the need to end economic inequality and inspired many americans who were disillusioned with their federal government. “We must close the gaps between black and white, rich and poor, young and old in this country and around the world. I run for the Presidency because I want the United States of America to stand for hope instead of despair, for the reconciliation of men instead of the growing risk of world war.” 

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