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Death of a King/Tavis Smiley/2014/EPUB/Shunster

English|Non-Fiction| ASIN: B00HQ2MZMG|264pg|283kb|LittleBrown|

With Martin Luther King moving out, in his last year, from the issue of racial injstice to broader issues, and was forging a historic merger between the issues of economic justice, civil rights and antiwar movements.

He was in Memphis, where he was killed in April 1968, to help lift the bloody garbage workers' strike there. Memphis was to be the kickoff for his revolutionary Poor People's March on Washington planned for later that spring.

Leading a popularizing link between American militarism, corporate hegemony, antiwar sentiments and social injustice was an ugly poison for the establishment and every thing was done in the media and elsewhere to frustrate his plans and the ultimate tragedy was his hasty, 'deep state' execution.

Read "Death of a King," the remarkable book by Tavis Smiley about King's final year on earth, to get a feeling for what a blazing path of truth-telling King had launched himself upon before they killed him.

He knew they were coming for him. He knew he would not live to reach the Promised Land. He died for the American people...and the downtrodden everywhere.

But like the similar deaths of John F Kennedy and Malcom X and many others, that should have launched unstoppable investigations, books on these crimes are periennially stuffed down the 'memory hole' of American history by 'soft censorship'...obscure, under-financed publishers, absent or negative reviews, lax promotion, or often, personal economic revenge.

This book is no exception.

(Tavis Smiley is the host of PBS's Tavis Smiley and Public Radio International's The Tavis Smiley Show. Smiley is also the bestselling author of 16 books. He lives in Los Angeles, California.)

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