Friday, April 4, 2008

1968 King Assassination Report (CBS News)

"They rushed the 39 year old Negro leader to a hospital where he died from a bullet wound to the neck." Walter Cronkite on CBS News.

After announcing the news of Dr. King's death and a clip of President Johnson, a clip of part of Dr. King's speech the night before played:

"...somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly, somewhere I read of the freedom of speech, somewhere I read of the freedom of press, somewhere I read the greatness of America is the right to protest for rights..."

Cronkite kept looking down as if reading a prepared news report, looking up now and then as he read:

"There was shock in Harlem tonight when word of Dr. King's murder reached the nation's largest Negro community. Men, women and children poured into the street; they appeared dazed; many were crying; a young Negro said Dr. King didn't really have to go back to Memphis. Maybe he wanted to prove something."

Watch the 3:10 minute video using this link: 1968 King Assassination Report (CBS News)

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