Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr

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On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Memphis, TN
On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Memphis, TN

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader of the African-American civil rights movement and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who became known for his advancement of civil rights by using civil disobedience. He was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. King was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:05pm that evening. James Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was arrested on June 8, 1968 in London at Heathrow Airport, extradited to the United States, and charged with the crime. On March 10, 1969, Ray entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary. Ray later made many attempts to withdraw his guilty plea and be tried by a jury, but was unsuccessful; he died in prison on April 23, 1998, at the age of 70.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.#Assassination

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The National Civil Rights Museum is the site of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The Museum is located at South Main and Huling Streets, in the historic art district of downtown Memphis.

Dedicated on September 28, 1991, the Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact and influence on human rights movements worldwide, through its collections, exhibitions, research and educational programs. It chronicles the civil rights movement from 1619 to 2000 with historical exhibits, including Room 306, the hotel room where Dr. King stayed in April of 1968.

For more: http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/About-NCRM.aspx?pid=9#sthash.towRDR0I.dpbs

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The National Civil Rights Museum – April 2014 Events

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT FORUM
Friday, April 04, 2014
An educational forum addressing the impact of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. What led to the legislation? What promises were granted, what’s left unfulfilled and what now? Moderated by Tavis Smiley, the Forum is comprised of three panel sessions.

1950 – 1964: Turbulent Times
Panelists – Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Professor Bill Robinson

1964 – 1970: Accelerated Activism
Panelists – Attorney Ray Terry, Attorney Barry Goldstein

1970 – Present: Promises Delivered, Promises Denied
Panelists – Marian Wright Edelman, Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries

Fee($): Free, but Limited Seating, Overflow in Auditorium
Time : 2:00pm
Location : National Civil Rights Museum Hooks•Hyde Hall (overflow in theater)

APRIL 4TH COMMEMORATION – CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
Friday, April 04, 2014
Remembering and reflecting on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, with a salute in speech, song, and laying of wreath.

Fee($): Free, Open to the Public
Time : 6:00pm
Location : National Civil Rights Museum Courtyard

GRAND REOPENING – COMMUNITY DAY
Saturday, April 05, 2014
9:30am, Freedom Forward Parade: The Freedom Forward Parade begins at the Memphis Cook Convention Center and proceeds along Second Street to Vance, then Main to the National Civil Rights Museum

11:00am, Breaking of the Chains: Grand reopening ceremony concluding with the official opening of the doors to the public.

12:00-7:00pm, Freedom Forward Main Stage: A full day of performances, speeches, and reflections from the Freedom Forward main stage as visitors tour the Museum.

12:00-7:00pm, Museum Tours: Take an abbreviated tour of the renovated exhibits for a powerfully transformative experience in civil rights history.

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  1. WH

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew
    Oval Office

    11:00 AM
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    12:30 PM
    12:30 PM
    Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:10 PM
    President Obama hosts the Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa
    Oval Office

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:40 PM
    President Obama hosts a reception for Greek Independence Day; Vice President Biden also attends
    East Room

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
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    10:00 PM

  2. Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader of the African-American civil rights movement and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who became known for his advancement of civil rights by using civil disobedience. He was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. King was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:05pm that evening. James Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was arrested on June 8, 1968 in London at Heathrow Airport, extradited to the United States, and charged with the crime. On March 10, 1969, Ray entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary. Ray later made many attempts to withdraw his guilty plea and be tried by a jury, but was unsuccessful; he died in prison on April 23, 1998, at the age of 70.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.#Assassination

    • National Civil Rights Museum

      The National Civil Rights Museum is the site of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The Museum is located at South Main and Huling Streets, in the historic art district of downtown Memphis.

      Dedicated on September 28, 1991, the Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact and influence on human rights movements worldwide, through its collections, exhibitions, research and educational programs. It chronicles the civil rights movement from 1619 to 2000 with historical exhibits, including Room 306, the hotel room where Dr. King, stayed in April of 1968.

      For more: http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/About-NCRM.aspx?pid=9#sthash.towRDR0I.dpbs

  3. CR, Thanks! We have come along way–and We’re Still Overcoming… Isaac

    • Hi Isaac. Yes you are right. We are still overcoming; civil rights is not a thing of the past. We STILL have people today who are trying to do harm by stripping away our civil rights.

  4. Payrolls in U.S. Rose 192,000 in March, Unemployment 6.7%

    Apr 4, 2014 5:42 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Employers in the U.S. boosted payrolls (NFP) in March and the unemployment rate held at 6.7 percent even as more Americans entered the labor force, showing steady progress that may prompt Federal Reserve policy makers to continue reducing stimulus while keeping interest rates low.

    Payrolls rose 192,000 after a 197,000 gain in February that was larger than first estimated, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists projected a 200,000 gain. Private employment, which excludes government jobs, surpassed the pre-recession peak for the first time.

    Employment in January and February was revised higher, showing the effect on the labor market from inclement winter weather was less severe than previously thought. The gain puts payroll growth in step with the average over the past two years and shows companies are optimistic about the outlook for demand.

    “The labor market is doing fine,” Brett Ryan, an economist with Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., said before the report. “The trend before we had all these weather issues hasn’t changed much. We’re starting to see a recovery.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-04/payrolls-in-u-s-rose-192-000-in-march-unemployment-at-6-7-.html

  5. West Wing Week: 4/4/14 or, “The Rosies”

    Published on Apr 4, 2014

    This week, the President wrapped up a six day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, spoke on the success of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, traveled to Michigan to highlight the importance of raising the federal minimum wage, and honored both the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, and the 2014 US Olympic and Paralympic teams. That’s March 28th to April 3rd or, “The Rosies.”

    • President Obama’s Meeting with Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia

      Published on Apr 4, 2014

      President Obama speaks to the press before a meeting with Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia to discuss the commitment Tunisia’s leaders have made to advancing Tunisia’s democracy and how the United States can further support Tunisia’s historic transition. April 4, 2014.

    • April 04, 2014

      Joint Statement by the United States of America and the Tunisian Republic

      In their meeting today at the White House, President Obama and Prime Minister Jomaa reaffirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Tunisia. The two leaders discussed the historic progress made in Tunisia as its political and civil society leaders have worked together to advance Tunisia’s democratic transition and secure a more peaceful and prosperous future for Tunisia. The two leaders also emphasized their commitment to advancing our shared interests in a secure, stable, and prosperous Maghreb, Africa, and Middle East and to furthering the strong friendship between the peoples of the United States and Tunisia.

      Support for Tunisia’s Historic Democratic Transition:
      Prime Minister Jomaa briefed President Obama on recent developments in Tunisia’s transition to democracy, including the ratification of the new Tunisian Constitution on January 26, 2014, that enshrines equality between women and men. He also noted the establishment of the Independent Elections Commission and the progress that the National Constituent Assembly has made towards finalizing an elections law. Prime Minister Jomaa reiterated the Tunisian government’s intention to give all necessary support to ensure the holding of free, fair, and transparent parliamentary and presidential elections before the end of 2014. The President commended the compromises made by all of Tunisia’s political parties to secure the country’s democratic progress and to set out a pathway towards elections later this year. He lauded Tunisia’s efforts to advance its democracy through the adoption of a progressive constitution that protects the rights of all its citizens. The President welcomed Tunisia’s efforts to hold elections this year and noted that the United States is prepared to provide additional assistance for the elections and to participate in the delegation of international election observers. Since the revolution began over three years ago, Tunisia has been a model in the region and beyond.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/04/joint-statement-united-states-america-and-tunisian-republic

    • April 04, 2014

      FACT SHEET: The President’s Framework for Investing in Tunisia

      The United States strongly supports the Tunisian people and their progress toward a future of economic prosperity that strengthens civil society, empowers women and youth, and solidifies the foundation of democracy. Since the January 2011 revolution, the United States has committed more than $400 million to support Tunisia’s transition, focusing heavily on technical and financial assistance to Tunisia’s economy and private sector, support for security in the country and along its borders, and support for its civil society and democratic practices. Examples of U.S. initiatives include:

      The Economy

      * Loan Guarantee
      * Trade and Investment
      * Information Communication Technology (ICT) Development
      * Supporting Local Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment
      * U.S.-Maghreb Entrepreneurship Conference
      * The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) SME Loan Guarantee Facility
      * Tunisian-American Enterprise Fund

      Democracy, Education, and Civil Society Partnerships

      * Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program
      * Democratic Governance and Civil Society
      * Open Government Partnership (OGP
      * Education, Culture, and Media Capacity Building
      * PNB-NAPEO Chapter
      * Equal Futures Partnership

      Security

      * Security and Justice Sector Reform:
      * Military Cooperation
      * Anti-Terrorism Assistance

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/04/fact-sheet-presidents-framework-investing-tunisia

  6. Cement Deals Lay Foundation for Building Boom: Real M&A

    Apr 4, 2014 11:13 AM PT By Tara Lachapelle, Thomas Black and Brendan Case – bloomberg

    For signs that construction is on the mend, look no further than the cement industry.

    Money being spent to acquire suppliers of building materials worldwide is surging to the highest level since at least May 2008, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. After $22 billion of deals in the past 12 months, Holcim Ltd. (HOLN) and Lafarge SA (LG) — the world’s two biggest cement makers with a combined market value of more than $50 billion — are in advanced merger talks.

    “What we’re seeing is a recognition by these companies that the bottom is in and that the recovery is happening,” Todd Vencil, a Richmond, Virginia-based analyst at Sterne Agee Group Inc., said in a phone interview. “Companies are feeling confident enough about that to have the buyers and sellers able to come together now.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-04/cement-deals-lay-foundation-for-building-boom-real-m-a.html

  7. 5:40 PM ET
    President Obama hosts a reception for Greek Independence Day; Vice President Biden also attends
    East Room

  8. WH

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  9. Israeli-Palestinian Meeting Set on Efforts to Revive Peace Talks

    Apr 4, 2014 6:12 PM PT By Terry Atlas – bloomberg

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, joined by a U.S. team, plan to meet tomorrow to discuss whether both a will and a way exist to put Middle East peace talks back on track, according to an official familiar with the situation.

    The meeting’s outcome is likely to influence the Obama administration’s review of whether Secretary of State John Kerry continues his peacemaking efforts. The official discussing the session asked not to be named because the meeting is private.

    Kerry plans to consult with President Barack Obama on the status of his effort, as Israelis and Palestinians have sparred over who’s responsible for the latest impasse that quashed a deal to extend negotiations and free Palestinian prisoners.

    “Regrettably in the last few days both sides have taken steps that are not helpful,” Kerry said in Morocco yesterday before his flight back to the U.S. at the end of a regional tour.

    “There are limits to the amount of time and effort that the United States can spend if the parties themselves are unwilling to take constructive steps,” he said. “So it’s reality check time.”

    It was the most pessimistic statement by Kerry, who landed back in Boston last night, since he brought the sides together last July for negotiations that were supposed to produce a peace accord this month. Instead, Israelis and Palestinians are caught up in increasingly acrimonious exchanges that threaten even Kerry’s scaled-down target of keeping the talks alive beyond the end of April.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-04/kerry-says-time-for-reality-check-on-middle-east-peace-talks.html

  10. Weekly Address: The President’s Budget Ensures Opportunity for All Hard-Working Americans

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    April 5, 2014

    Hi, everybody.

    Today, our economy is growing and our businesses are consistently generating new jobs. But decades-long trends still threaten the middle class. While those at the top are doing better than ever, too many Americans are working harder than ever, but feel like they can’t get ahead.

    That’s why the budget I sent Congress earlier this year is built on the idea of opportunity for all. It will grow the middle class and shrink the deficits we’ve already cut in half since I took office.

    It’s an opportunity agenda with four goals. Number one is creating more good jobs that pay good wages. Number two is training more Americans with the skills to fill those jobs. Number three is guaranteeing every child access to a great education. And number four is making work pay – with wages you can live on, savings you can retire on, and health care that’s there for you when you need it.

    This week, the Republicans in Congress put forward a very different budget. And it does just the opposite: it shrinks opportunity and makes it harder for Americans who work hard to get ahead.

    The Republican budget begins by handing out massive tax cuts to households making more than $1 million a year. Then, to keep from blowing a hole in the deficit, they’d have to raise taxes on middle-class families with kids. Next, their budget forces deep cuts to investments that help our economy create jobs, like education and scientific research.

    Now, they won’t tell you where these cuts will fall. But compared to my budget, if they cut everything evenly, then within a few years, about 170,000 kids will be cut from early education programs. About 200,000 new mothers and kids will be cut off from programs to help them get healthy food. Schools across the country will lose funding that supports 21,000 special education teachers. And if they want to make smaller cuts to one of these areas, that means larger cuts in others.

    Unsurprisingly, the Republican budget also tries to repeal the Affordable Care Act – even though that would take away health coverage from the more than seven million Americans who’ve done the responsible thing and signed up to buy health insurance. And for good measure, their budget guts the rules we put in place to protect the middle class from another financial crisis like the one we’ve had to fight so hard to recover from.

    Policies that benefit a fortunate few while making it harder for working Americans to succeed are not what we need right now. Our economy doesn’t grow best from the top-down; it grows best from the middle-out. That’s what my opportunity agenda does – and it’s what I’ll keep fighting for. Thanks. And have a great weekend.

  11. WH

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  12. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    4/4/14 8:48 PM EDT By TAL KOPAN – politico

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Shaun McCutcheon, plaintiff, McCutcheon v. FEC
    • Retired Adm. Michael Mullen, former chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
    • Former Sen. John E. Sununu (R-N.H.)
    • Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.)

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chairman, House Homeland Security Committee
    • White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
    • Rep. John Carter (R-Texas)
    • Retired Gen. Peter Chiarelli, former vice chief of staff, Army
    • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.)

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • McCaul
    • Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)
    • Liz Cheney, former deputy assistant secretary of state

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
    • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman, House Intelligence Committee
    • Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), ranking member, House Intelligence Committee
    • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)
    • Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.)

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Rogers
    • Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman, House Budget Committee

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Jason Furman, chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.)

  13. US soccer

    April 6, 2014
    U.S. Women vs. China PR Women
    3 p.m. MT
    Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
    Commerce City, Colo.

  14. April 05, 2014

    Statement by the President on Elections in Afghanistan

    On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the millions of Afghans who enthusiastically participated in today’s historic elections, which promise to usher in the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan’s history and which represent another important milestone in Afghans taking full responsibility for their country as the United States and our partners draw down our forces.

    We commend the Afghan people, security forces, and elections officials on the turnout for today’s vote –- which is in keeping with the spirited and positive debate among candidates and their supporters in the run-up to the election.

    These elections are critical to securing Afghanistan’s democratic future, as well as continued international support, and we look to the Afghan electoral bodies to carry out their duties in the coming weeks to adjudicate the results –- knowing that the most critical voices on the outcome are those of Afghans themselves.

    Today, we also pay tribute to the many Americans –- military and civilian –- who have sacrificed so much to support the Afghan people as they take responsibility for their own future.

    The United States continues to support a sovereign, stable, unified, and democratic Afghanistan, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the new government chosen by the Afghan people on the basis of mutual respect and mutual accountability.

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