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Reflections on the Film “Selma” and the Recent Martin Luther King Holiday

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COMMENT: The recent Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and the film “Selma” bring to mind a number of things.

King was a remarkable man–the real deal, in a way that is sorely missed.

Political comedian Mort Sahl (one of New Orleans DA Jim Garrison’s investigators during his investigation of the JFK assassination) observed in 1995: “In the ’60’s, we had Martin Luther King with ‘I have a dream.’ Now, we have Jesse Jackson with ‘I have a scheme.’


With the so-called “progressive” sector in thrall to Al Sharpton–alleged by Warren Hinckle in the San Francisco Examiner (a major urban daily newspaper at the time) to have worked for the CIA in Grenada–the contrast between the shallow, inflammatory “Reverend Al’s” cheesy rhetoric and garish styling and the eloquent, dignified, inspired and inspiring King could not be more dramatic.

It is also very, very sad to note how people will celebrate King’s life and ignore the deeply conspiratorial circumstances surrounding his death.

One of the signature incidents in the civil rights movement of the 1960’s was the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The bombing was one of the events depicted in the film “Selma.”

In AFA #8, we noted the evidentiary tributaries between that bombing and the assassination of Dr. King. Others were discussed in AFA #9. Some points made about Dr. King’s slaying in our archives:

  • James Earl Ray–the patsy in the Martin Luther King assassination–was railroaded into prison.
  • His “defense” attorneys are noteworthy, in this context.
  • One of them was Arthur Hanes, Sr., a CIA contract agent in the Bay of Pigs and a former FBI special agent, who thought the civil rights movement was communist-inspired.
  • Hanes was the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama at the time of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and many of the other incidents that took place under the supervision of “Bull” Connor–in charge of Birmingham law enforcement at the time.
  • Hanes was also the defense attorney for KKK member Robert Chambliss, convicted of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
  • In The Guns of November, Part IV, we noted that Joseph Adams Milteer–a member of the fascist National States Rights Party–was taped by an undercover Miami police informer discussing impending plans to assassinate both JFK and Dr. King using high-powered rifles with telescopic sights. Milteer linked these plots with the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
  • The head of the National States Rights Party–Jesse Stoner–was another of James Earl Ray’s “defense” attorneys.
  • Jerry Ray–James Earl Ray’s brother–was a member of the National States Rights Party.


2 comments for “Reflections on the Film “Selma” and the Recent Martin Luther King Holiday”

  1. Mr. Emory,
    What do you make of Mark Lane’s book “Code Name Zorro” (later reprinted as “Murder in Memphis)? I find it a decent book, especially in that it details his interviews with the lady that supposedly witnessed Ray making his getaway after the shooting. This lady, I can’t remember her name, was committed to a mental health facility to prevent her from talking and was held there for most of her remaining life. Lane describes how the facility’s security guards attempted to prevent him from leaving with his interview tape.

    Posted by Sampson | January 21, 2015, 6:22 am
  2. @Sampson–

    Not a bad book, in, and of, itself.

    I don’t care for Mark Lane, however.

    As to the lady in question, stretch out with AFA #8 and you’ll find out more about her, including that Mark Lane attempted to get her to Jonestown, where she would have died, during the course of the House Select Committee on Assassinations’ public hearings on MLK’s killing.



    Posted by Dave Emory | January 21, 2015, 4:21 pm

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