It has been 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. He was fatally shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. As I described in my book "The Death of Civility and Common Sense" this precipitated the riots in Washington. I was attending a big dinner when we got the news. Vice President Humphrey got up and announced the news. I went home and took off my rented tuxedo and put on my Army fatigue uniform. As a member of the DC Nstional Guard I knew I would be called up. Dr. King died on April 4, 1968.
Sure enough, I was called up and stationed in a fire house. My job was to help protect the firemen who were stationed in areas of the city where fires wer being set. I t seemed like forever before I was alowd to return my new job as legislative assitant to Senator Herman Talmadge. I had graduated from law school and passed the bar in 1967. I got the good news of passing the Bar while I was undergoing my basic Army training in Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.
Eventully I was allowed to return to my job in the Senate. In those days Congress would go on extended summer recesses. I would traved to Atlanta to manage Senator Talmadge's Atlanta office. There I got to know Martin Luther King Senior. We worked together in community meetings. He was a fine old man who never seemed bitter or radical. He was the pastor of the Ebeneezer Baptist Church and lived to be 85. I never got to meet Martin Luther King Jr. but I have read a lot about him. Both men embody the principles that have this country great. These prinicples would help us return to civliity and common sense