[video] Judge Joe Brown: James Earl Ray Didn’t Assassinate Martin Luther King Jr.

 

This year will mark the 48th-year anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, and as the last judge presiding over alleged shooter, James Earl Ray’s case, Judge Joe Brown still believes “he didn’t kill him.” In an interview with DJ Vlad, the honorable judge says he didn’t believe Ray was the gunman despite pleading guilty. Brown said, Ray denied the murder but plead guilty because he felt it was in his best interest under the circumstances given. “He said, ‘I never said I killed King, I didn’t kill him. I’m pleading because of Alford.'”

 

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[video] Thousands remember Eric Garner, Michael Brown on MLK Day

Continued prejudice against African-Americans and other minorities was the central focus of this weekend’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemorations. While honoring the civil rights icon who led millions in acts of civil disobedience throughout the country, marchers also called for a change to the justice system they feel continues to unfairly target communities of color, citing the recent deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. RT’s Manila Chan and Alexey Yaroshevsky attended rallies in Washington and New York.

[video] Selma (Trailer #1) Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Oprah Winfrey’s Selma set to debut sometime next year and if you are one of these people who think we are really in a ‘post-racial’ world do not read the comments on Youtube. More history below:

via Black Past

Between 1961 and 1964, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) had led a voting registration campaign in Selma, the seat of Dallas County, Alabama, a small town with a record of consistent resistance to black voting. When SNCC’s efforts were frustrated by stiff resistance from the county law enforcement officials, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) were persuaded by local activists to make Selma’s intransigence to black voting a national concern. SCLC also hoped to use the momentum of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to win federal protection for a voting rights statute.

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For once in his life: Stevie Wonder honored with Gershwin prize and a White House concert

stevieThis is NOT your mama’s White House…first Earth, Wind & Fire now Stevie?

via Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday thanked musician Stevie Wonder for creating “a style that’s uniquely American” as he presented the singer-songwriter the nation’s highest award for pop music.stevie_obama

Obama, who called Wonder the soundtrack of his youth, gave the star the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during an East Room tribute that featured Tony Bennett, Martina McBride and Wonder himself. The president joked that the group was “the most accomplished Stevie Wonder cover band in history.”

Wonder was emotional at times, thanking Obama for the award and reflecting on what his election as the first black president means to the United States.

“What is truly exciting for me today is that we truly have lived to see a time and a space where America has a chance to again live up to the greatness that it deserves to be seen and known as, through the love and caring and the commitment of a president — as in our president, Barack Obama,” he said.

Wonder cited Martin Luther King Jr., his faith and his mother during an acceptance speech that flowed into a set of Obama’s favorite songs. The Grammy-winning musician — he has 25 of the awards — joked that he looked forward to writing more love songs — perhaps a soundtrack for “you know, maybe I’ll be a part of creating some more of those babies.” Continue reading