VIDEO: The Execution of Martin Luther King: non-textbook version

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A talk by Dr. William F. Pepper, former Vietnam War journalist, international human rights lawyer and author who personally knew Martin Luther King and represented James Earl Ray based on his conclusion that Ray had been framed. It’s all thoughtful, fascinating, chilling, and worth taking in.

If you are pressed for time and want to go right to Pepper’s unique perspective on Martin Luther King’s death and whether James Earl Ray was involved, start watching around 14:58. There, Pepper talks about King’s decision to mobilize his civil rights movement followers against the Vietnam War, and how this, as part of a plan to build an alliance between African Americans and others against broader injustice, may have sealed King’s fate. Pepper then turns to his personal interactions with Ray, which together with his own inquiries, persuaded him, over the course of a decade, that Ray did not shoot King, and that indeed Ray was not a witting participant in what was clearly a sophisticated, organized effort and cover-up. Full of surprising facts—including about the media’s role in suppressing evidence.

Pepper is author of An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King


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