CLBR #164: Death of a King
with Tavis Smiley
New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley brings us a revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. “A poignant account of King’s final struggle.
An eloquent, emotional journey from darkness to light.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Tavis Smiley has captured not only the spirit of the movement but the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. in his last days.” —Andrew Young, Ambassador & former Atlanta mayor
“Meticulously researched…a powerful tribute.” –Publishers Weekly
Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King’s life, revealing the minister’s trials and tribulations—denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country’s black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few—all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.
Below is an excerpt from a documentary on Martin Luther King’s opposition to Vietnam that it is the centerpiece of Smiley’s book.
In the second segment, we revisit our discussion with Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Hate on the Internet.