Gagnon observed that the ERLC and TGC conference ignored King's documented sexual sins and theological errors while the two entities have taken a self-righteous approach to President Donald Trump and his past sexual sins and have castigated the Christians who supported him in the election. It was a brief perfunctory whitewash, pure and simple," Gagnon wrote, noting that they stuck to a script of "foreordained" conclusions about King's greatness.
On Sunday, 15th September,a white man was seen getting out of a white and turquoise Chevrolet car and placing a box under the steps of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Soon afterwards, at The four girls had been attending Sunday school classes at the church. Twenty-three other people were also hurt by the blast.
Civil rights activists blamed George Wallace, the Governor of Alabama, for the killings. Only a week before the bombing he had told the New York Times that to stop integration Alabama needed a "few first-class funerals. He was arrested and charged with murder and possessing a box of sticks of dynamite without a permit.
On 8th October,Chambliss was found not guilty of murder and received a hundred-dollar fine and a six-month jail sentence for having the dynamite.
The case was unsolved until Bill Baxley was elected attorney general of Alabama. He requested the original Federal Bureau of Investigation files on the case and discovered that the organization had accumulated a great deal of evidence against Chambliss that had not been used in the original trial.
Now aged 73, Chambliss was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. Chambliss died in an Alabama prison on 29th October, Cash was dead but Blanton and Cherry were arrested and Blanton has since been tried and convicted.
Tyson Police use dogs to quell civil unrest in Birmingham, Ala. Birmingham's police commissioner "Bull" Connor also allowed firehoses to be turned on young civil rights demonstrators.
Dozens of unsolved bombings and police killings had terrorized the black community since World War II. Yet King foresaw that "the vulnerability of Birmingham at the cash register would provide the leverage to gain a breakthrough in the toughest city in the South.
We realized that you have to hit them in the pocket. Slapped with an injunction to cease the demonstrations, King decided to go to jail himself. During his confinement, King penned "Letter from Birmingham Jail," an eloquent critique of "the white moderate who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice" and a work included in many composition and literature courses.
Police used school buses to arrest hundreds of children who poured into the streets each day. Lacking jail space, "Bull" Connor used dogs and firehoses to disperse the crowds.
Images of vicious dogs and police brutality emblazoned front pages and television screens around the world. The nation was 'battling for the minds and the hearts of men in Asia and Africa," he said, "and they aren't gonna respect the United States of America if she deprives men and women of the basic rights of life because of the color of their skin.
On 10 May local white business leaders consented to desegregate public facilities, but the details of the accord mattered less than the symbolic triumph. Kennedy pledged to preserve this mediated halt to "a spectacle which was seriously damaging the reputation of both Birmingham and the country.
Violent uprisings followed, as poor In Birmingham, anti-segregation demonstrators lie on the sidewalk to protect themselves from firemen with high pressure water hoses.
One disgusted fireman said later, "We're supposed to fight fires, not people. Rocks and bottles rained on Alabama state troopers who attacked black citizens in the streets. President Kennedy feared that black Southerners might become "uncontrollable" if reforms were not negotiated.
It was one of the enduring ironies of the civil fights movement that the threat of violence was so critical to the success of nonviolence. Across the South, the triumph in Birmingham inspired similar campaigns; in a ten-week period, at least racial demonstrations in cities sparked 14, arrests.
Tragedy and triumph marked the summer of Philip Randolph sought to fulfill his vision of a march on the capitol for jobs, King convinced him to shift the focus to civil rights. Kennedy endorsed the march, hoping to gain support for the pending civil rights bill.
On 28 August aboutrallied in the most memorable mass demonstration in American history. King's "I Have a Dream" oration would endure as a historical emblem of nonviolent direct action. Prominent in the crowd was writer James Baldwin, widely regarded as a black spokesperson, especially since the publication of his influential work, The Fire Next Time.
But against the lengthening shadow of political violence and racial division--the dynamite murder of four black children at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham two weeks later and the assassination of President Kennedy on November the march gleamed as the apex of interracial liberalism.
Toni Morrison used the bombing of the church as part of the rationale for her characters forming a black vigilante group in Song of Solomon. Patricia Sullivan Less than a month after the March on Washington, the sense of foreboding articulated by Malcolm X overshadowed the euphoria of that extraordinary late summer day.
On September 15 white terrorists dynamited the basement of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church during Sunday School, killing four young girls: Dreading that the families would blame him for exposing the children to risk, King returned to Birmingham and presided over the funeral of the movement's youngest victims.
Two Negro youths were killed in outbreaks of shooting seven hours after the 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed, and a third was wounded. As darkness closed over the city hours later, shots crackled sporadically in the Negro sections.Mar 21, · As the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination approaches and people across the country seek to celebrate his memory, .
Reagan Used MLK Day to Undermine Racial Justice from Boston Review. Reagan never really believed that Martin Luther King, Jr., deserved a holiday. Speech Critique – I Have a Dream – Martin Luther King Jr. Much of the greatness of this speech is tied to its historical context, a topic which goes beyond the .
Feb 18, · It needed to be said. What we want to hear isn't always what we need to hear. Back in the 's corporations decided to send out youth scouts to get inside. On Martin Luther King, Jr., Day in , then–presidential candidate Donald Trump gave a stump speech at the arch-conservative Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
A Knock At Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., New York: IPM in Association with Warner Books, This is the definitive collection of eleven of Dr. King’s most powerful sermons, from his earliest known audio recording to his last sermon, delivered days before his assassination.