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Shreveport Dentist Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 40 Years After Assassination

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  (1929 - 1968) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
Dr. C.O. Simpkins Dr. C.O. Simpkins
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. III Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. III

If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today he'd be 79 years old. The civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis Tennessee on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel 40 years ago today.
Shreveport dentist Dr. C.O. Simpkins says Dr. King visited Shreveport twice speaking at area churches.
Simpkins says he was the first vice president of a christian organization that Dr. King was the president of.
He says the last time he saw the civil right leader was a week before he was killed. Simpkins says during that meeting he tried to convince the activist to stay in Atlanta or go to New York instead of taking the fatal trip to Memphis.
He says Dr. King appeared to be getting tired so he tried to convince the reverand to stop marching altogether and pastor a church in New York instead.
He says despite how far we've come, what Dr. King died for is still worth fighting for today. "He was killed because he thought that no person in America should go hungry and people should be educated, truancy laws should be enforced and you have to have education. He thought the welfare program should go to all people that need it."
Dr. King was shot and killed at the Lorraine motel in Memphis Tennessee.
Two months after his death, escaped convict James Earl Ray was captured and charged with his murder.
After recanting a confession he pleaded guilty to avoid a trial.
Ray spent most of his time in prison trying to prove he didn't kill Dr. King.
Ray died while in prison almost ten years ago.
In his last speech in Memphis Dr. King said, "I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And i'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord."
some have said he knew the end would come soon."

Story by Tania Francois

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