Women of the Civil Rights Movement Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By: Amanda Cooper

April 03, 2018 - 9:51 pm

Time stood still for millions on April 4th, 1968 when the world heard the news that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in Memphis TN at the Lorraine Hotel. As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, three women who are embedded in the history of the civil rights movement share their memories and their thoughts about that day and Dr. King’s Legacy 50 years later.

Civil Rights Leader James Orange and his wife Cleo Orange were on the front lines of the civil rights movement and personally knew and assisted Dr. King. Cleo worked in the Atlanta office and was heavily involved in the day to day operations of the civil rights movement. In a rare interview, she shares her memories of the day before and the day of Dr. King’s assassination.

Click the links below to watch parts 2 & 3 of this rare interview. 

Part 2- https://youtu.be/a2xrFJ_vetQ   Part 3- https://youtu.be/diurbujdDCw

So many loved and believed in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's fight for justice. Xernona Clayton, a close and personal friend of both Dr. King and his beloved wife Coretta Scott King, shares her thoughts about the 50th anniversary of his death and the legacy Dr. King left behind. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was more than a man; he was a catalyst for change. As we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King, we cannot forget his legacy of non-violence and peace. So, let's honor his legacy by practicing the six principles of nonviolence as a way of life. 

SIX PRINCIPLES OF NONVIOLENCE-Fundamental tenets of Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence described in his first book, Stride Toward Freedom. The six principles include:

PRINCIPLE ONE: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
PRINCIPLE TWO: Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
PRINCIPLE THREE: Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.
PRINCIPLE FOUR: Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
PRINCIPLE FIVE: Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
PRINCIPLE SIX: Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.

Click the link to learn more about Dr. King's six principles of nonviolence http://www.thekingcenter.org/king-philosophy#sub2