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"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Isn’t it ironic that American citizens peacefully petitioning for the same rights as other citizens are regarded as communist subversives while those secretly infiltrating their organizations, taping their phone lines, bugging their homes and motel rooms, murdering witnesses, destroying evidence, carrying out assassinations and training vigilantes consider themselves paragons of American patriotism?



Joel Mann


Grace Walden    Kristin Johns

Raul    Carlos Belvill

Percy Foreman    Andrew Love

Mark Lane    John Felato

Jerry Ray    Jason Johns

Capt. Jerry Williams    Willis Green

Frank Liberto    Scott Smith

Olivia Catling    Latoya Slater

Paul Butler “Buddy”    Willis Green

David Garrow    Brendan Riordan

Arthur Murtagh    David Blanchard

William Sullivan    Scott Smith

J. Edgar Hoover    David Troup

Coretta Scott King    Annette Larkins

FBI Agent     Hodding Carter

Frank Holloman    Philip Carter

Dr. Breen Bland    Hodding Carter

FBI Supervisor     Philip Carter


Drew Darling


An Act of State — William F. Pepper

The Plot to Kill King — William F. Pepper

The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr. — David Garrow

Hoover. The Man and His Secrets — Curt Gentry

Death of a King — Tavis Smiley

The King Years — Taylor Branch

At Canaan’s Edge—Taylor Branch  — Taylor Branch

Where Do We Go From Here  — Dr. Martin Luther King

Strength to Love   —Dr. Martin Luther King

A Knock at Midnight  — Dr. Martin Luther King

Why We Can’t Wait   — Dr. Martin Luther King

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr  — edited by Clayborne Carson

The Martin Luther King Assassination  — Philip Melanson

Murder in Memphis  — Mark Lane and Dick Gregory

The Radical King   — edited by Cornell West

Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream  — Doris Kearns


James Baldwin, (1924-1987) an American novelist, essayist, poet, college professor and social critic, was the subject of the critically acclaimed 2016 film I Am Not Your Negro.


"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin


Why? (The King of Love is Dead) - 1968


Shortly after the murder, rooming house resident and State’s chief witness Charles Stevens is arrested and imprisoned on $10,000 bail. When he sobers sufficiently to sign a statement identifying James Earl Ray as the man fleeing the building, he is released.

When his partner Grace Walden refuses to sign a similar statement, she is—with no public hearing or notice to friends or relatives—locked away in a psychiatric hospital without any documentation, leaving no evidence of her imprisonment. She is allowed no visitors.

She has no history of mental illness and the resident psychiatrist petitions for her release. It is denied.

When suit is brought in court for her release, it too is denied. During 10-year’s confinement in Western State Mental Hospital, Boliver, Tennessee, attorney Mark Lane slips in to see her, and asks if she remembers what she saw the afternoon of April 4th, 1968.

“Oh, yes. I remember what I saw and who I saw run away. That’s why I’m here."

One of the Army snipers begins drinking heavily and commenting on the assassination. He is shot seven times in the chest with a .357 Magnum at point-blank range inside his front door with no investigation made of his death. Fearing a clean-up operation is underway, other members of his team go into hiding in Latin America.

When Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Joseph Brown, presiding over the last appeal of James Earl Ray, voices to members of Congress that Ray’s rifle is not the murder weapon, he is removed from the case.

Through back channels James Earl Ray is twice offered $220,000, a full pardon from the Governor of Tennessee, and a new identity, in exchange for a detailed confession, and cooperation on a book and movie project—How and Why I Killed Dr. King. He rejects them and continually petitions the State of Tennessee for a jury trial until his death in a prison hospital 29 years later.


A very interesting documentary! Thanks for your efforts in this project, and for sharing this piece of history.


Thank you, Barry. And thank you for an excellent website.

Please let me know how to purchase this documentary.


Hello Chanda~ You can listen to Assignment:Memphis anytime on the website. It should be up for at least the next year. And feel free to pass the link to the website on to any who may be interested in hearing it. Feel free to use it in the classroom. If you want further use of it, contact me again and let me know what you have in mind. Thanks for writing, Drew Darling

Thank you for putting this together! Could a transcript be made available? My husband is deaf, but is very interested to learn more.


Hello Lori~
I have just now discovered your message. If you would still like a transcript, please write me directly at and we can discuss it that way.

(Please forward to Drew Darling.)
Jules Rabin here. I’m the man who admired and commented on your technique when you coaxed your rowboat over to where it would sit squarely behind your trailer. I returned home yesterday from my week in Maine, and have just watched, together with my wife, your film on the murder of MLK. Both of us were moved as we were brought back to That Old Tragedy. I was particularly struck by the success of the Old Boy cover-ups that were effected by the perpetrators and their abettors, in the face of their appalling crudity: all of that evidence of the persistence of Southern Injustice. I have more to say about the film, but will hold off till I can write you directly. Unfortunately I failed to get your email address when we met at the Rockport landing place. Please send it to me. Meeting you and talking with you was a pleasure that amounted to an Event.
Jules Rabin


Hello Jules~
I have just now discovered your generous comments. Thank you for writing. Drew

Hope everyone is listening during MLK birthday. It’s a compelling listen!


Hello Bonnie~
Thank you for writing. I’m glad you were able to hear it. Drew

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