Celebrating the Spirit of Martin Luther King: Fifty Years after His Assassination – Part 4
Fighting for Justice Made Dr. King an Enemy of the US Government
By MAKHERU BRADLEY
Photo by Ron Ross
It was sometime during the evening of April 4, 1968 when I heard the news that Dr. Martin L. King had been assassinated. My first reaction was, “I’m not surprised.” Growing up during the Civil Rights-era, violence against Afrikans in America, and their leaders was common. Of course, I became very angry and I wanted to retaliate in any way I could. Over the next few days as our protests prompted the city of Charlotte to impose a curfew, the deeper question of why kill Dr. King, an apostle of peace, dominated my thoughts.
Based on my level of consciousness at the time, I did not understand how the “Dreamer,” the Nobel Peace Prize recipient, had come to be regarded as an enemy of the United States government. Since I was more into Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and the Black Panther Party, I had not paid close attention to Dr. King’s radicalization. More ↠
Selected: Hickory NAACP Celebrates Local Womes
By FRAN FARRER
HICKORY, NC - The Hickory Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), announced Monday that they will honor “Phenomenal Women” of Hickory, North Carolina, and will make their official presentation to the public at the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. More ↠
By CASH MICHAELS
DURHAM, N.C.—Ten member newspapers of the North Carolina Black Publishers Association (NCBPA) and Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) have agreed to mount a statewide campaign to maximize the African American vote for the 2018 midterm elections.
The NNPA is a trade group that represents over 200 Black-owned media companies that reach more than 20 million readers, combined, in print and online, every week.
The campaign will focus on an aggressive voter registration drive, community-level education on important issues, and a mobilization effort—all designed to reach young, Black eligible voters.
North Carolina, Texas and Florida are considered to be important states that could change the makeup of the United States Congress, if the Black vote flexes its muscle. The Black Press is considered essential in those states to mobilize that electoral strength.
Primaries in North Carolina are scheduled for May 8. More ↠
CHARLOTTE, NC — Friday, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) awarded Rev. James Barnett with the first ever “One Meck” Community Recognition Award. The award will be given to constituents that go to great lengths to improve the quality of life for people living in our community. Rev. James Barnett is being recognized for his role in founding Stop the Killing Crusade, an organization that consists of community stakeholders determined to reduce and prevent violent crime in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. More ↠