Remembering MLK On The 50th Anniversary Of His Assassination

The History Center's Samuel Black remembers where he was April 4, 1968

The Mike Pintek Show
April 04, 2018 - 3:20 pm
Martin Luther King


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee.  On The Mike Pintek Show today, Ellis Cannon was filling in and talked with Samuel Black the Director of African American Programs at the Heinz History Center about MLK. 

Samuel Black talked with Ellis about what first comes to mind when thinking back 50 years ago, “I guess what immediately goes through my mind is sort of a recap of my own life.  I was 7-years-old when Martin Luther King was assassinated.  I remember the moment when the broadcast came over the television.  I was with my family, watching television and my mother grabbed me and pulled me into her arms.”

“At that time I wasn’t really sure who Reverend Martin Luther King was.  I knew he was a leader in the black community, but I didn’t know what he or the Civil Rights movement was all about since I was only seven at the time.” 

Samuel Black also said, “When looking back over the last 50 years, I wonder and sort of take note of how far we have come and how far we have not come in terms of civil and equal rights in this country.”

Samuel Black also gave some insight on his family’s reaction to the MLK assassination.

Martin Luther King was an activist and became the most visible spokesperson and leader of the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. 

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