AP Was There: The Assassination Of Martin Luther King, Jr. We Remember The Life Of The Civil Rights Leader

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — In the spring of 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had won victories on desegregation and voting rights and had been planning his Poor People’s Campaign when he turned his attention to Memphis, the gritty city by the Mississippi River. In his support for striking sanitation workers, King wanted to lead marches and show that nonviolent protest still worked.

But on April 4, at the city’s Lorraine Motel, he would be fatally shot.

Here are three stories from The Associated Press coverage of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.


By Doug Stone

MEMPHIS, TENN., APRIL 4 (AP)_Nobel Laureate Martin Luther King Jr., father of nonviolence in ...


Christian Worship Center Dedicates New Computer Lab


LEESBURG - Youth and adults who do not have access to a laptop computer will now be able to sign up for computer use at Christian Worship Center’s (CWC) new Computer Lab, where 10 brand new Lenovo desktop computers and keyboards will be available for their use thanks to a partnership between Christian Worship Center and Peacock Capital, a “forward thinking real estate investment and advisory firm focused on acquiring, renovating, building, and operating neighborhood multifamily properties in Central Florida.”

The new computers were installed Tuesday at CWC’s Leesburg Campus at 1414 West Main Street. John Christian, Senior Pastor of CWC, officiated over ...




through the stunned city, Negroes in scattered areas also looted stores, stoned police and firetrucks and tossed several firebombs. Two policemen were injured, mainly by flying glass when a shotgun blast broke their windshield.

Four hours after King died, the city was quieting some, but police still reported sporadic outbreaks.

Police also said they found a 30.05 rifle on Main Street about one block from the motel, but it was not confirmed whether this was the weapon that killed King.

An aide who was standing nearby said the shot hit King in the neck and lower right part of his face.

“Martin Luther King is dead,” said Assistant Police Chief Henry Lux, the first ...


Democratic Black Caucus Of Florida Elects New Executive Officers With Promises To Rebuild, Rebrand The Political Organization

BY LOUIS C. WARD CENTRAL FLORIDA - Trevor Mallory is the new president of the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida (DBCF), a political organization representing almost 2 million African Americans in the sunshine state. Mallory, 49, a former president of Pinellas County Democratic Black Caucus, won 60 percent of the vote at its Zoom election held Saturday, June 5th, 2021.

“We must change our approach to rebuild, rebrand, and reestablish the culture of this organization to make sure we garner the respect we deserve,” stated President Elect Mallory, who seemed very aware of what the immediate objectives of the political organization should be.

President Mallory understands the power tha...


Democratic Black Caucus Florida - Florida’s Democratic Black Caucus Supports Kamala Harris As Vice President On Democratic Team For Presidency

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Thursday, August 14th, 2020

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The Democratic Black Caucus of Florida (DBCFlorida) acknowledges the high caliber of successful, intelligent, and experienced candidates from which Joe Biden selected a vice president. It definitely took a lot of thought, time, interviews and discussions with his selection committee.

His announcement on Tuesday, August 12, that California U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was his running mate was a good choice and Lydia Hudson, President of Democratic Black Caucus Florida, expresses her thoughts on the Democratic Team for the presidency.

President Lydia Hudson said, “Joe Biden’s selection of California&rsq...


Democratic Black Caucus Florida Commemorates Representative John Lewis - Rev CT Vivian - Warriors For Civil Rights

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Monday, 7/20/20

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Democratic Black Caucus of Florida President Lydia Hudson recognizes the recent deaths of two of our country’s greatest fighters for civil rights and equal and fair justice: U.S. Congressman John Lewis and Cordy Tindell “C. T.” Vivian.

Both legends of the state of Georgia, Congressman John Lewis was 80 years old and Minister C. T. Vivian was 95. President Hudson issued the following statement: “Friday, July 17th, 2020 was a sad day for the struggle for civil rights and equal and fair justice,” said a mournful President Hudson.

“The nation and the Black community have lost two glorious warriors...


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Election 2020

DBCFlorida Chapters Work For A Biden/Harris Presidency

Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus (SDBC) has been very busy getting voters out for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Led by Dee McFarland, SDBC President, members have conducted voter registration with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and at neighborhood barbershops and personally connected with voters by Robo calls, text messaging and mailings to Sarasota voters.

Okaloosa County Democratic Black Caucus's Community Coalition held a voter registration and Vote By Mail Drive at Crestview and Fort Walton Beach, Florida Saturday, September 26th, 2020. Members registered voters and encouraged them to vote by mail from 10 am to 3 pm.

When We Vote, We Win!

200 Car “Ridin With Biden” Caravan Rally Inspires Lake County Democrats


More than 200 cars supporting a Joe Biden Presidency in 2020 and displaying placards reading: “Joe Biden President 2020” drove from Leesburg to Spanish Springs in The Villages, Florida, in a “Ridin with Biden Caravan” campaign in Lake County Sunday, September 20th, 2020. The motorcade of cars and pick-up trucks with advocates for Biden and Harris in 2020 hailed from Clermont, Mt. Dora, Eustis and Leesburg, all cities located in Lake County. The participants convened at Venetian Gardens on Dixie avenue in Leesburg and continued to US Hwy 441/27 north to Spanish Spring in The Villages where they were welcomed and encouraged by a large crowd of wellwishers waving signs, showing hand gestures with their thumbs up and shouting Biden in 2020. 

Although most people along the route honked their car horns, waved and shouted “Go Biden”, there was a small contingent of R e p u b l i c a n s who received word that the Ridin with Biden Caravan was scheduled for Sunday and they were out there with their thumbs down, calling caravan participants “losers”. Overall, the event proceeded peacefully without incident. “We were thrilled by all the many, many supporters passing by, honking, waving thumbs up, windows down and yelling, “thank you for being here. Go Biden”. It was very encouraging!” Rose Fitzpatrick, President of the Greater Leesburg Democratic Club and one of the coordinators for the caravan event, said. “It was a great day and we are so grateful to everyone that came out to make it a success.” Lillian Lockette, Secretary of the Lake County Democratic Party, said, “With what’s going on with the U.S. Supreme Court, the pandemic, and the protests against systemic racism, to see all those cars with signs for Biden 2020 and the overall enthusiasm from the people at The Villages, it was like a muchneeded shot in the arm. It was exciting to see.” “It was a great, great day. Lake County showed out, coming from all corners of the city,” commented P h y l l i s Archibald, who drove the lead car from Clermont. “It all impressed me. Wonderful, wonderful, it came off well.” “The Ridin with Biden Car Caravan,” Dennis Hamm said, “showed everyone that the Democrats in Florida are here, strong, eager, and ready for victory!” 

When the motorcade of vehicles arrived at Spanish Springs around 4:30 pm, they were joined by more Biden supporters with their golf carts. For about an hour, they all continued to drive around the Square, while Democrats were very appreciative of the support, Rose Fitzpatrick said Republicans were shocked. Despite the rain, we had a great turnout with lots of support for Biden and Harris in 2020,” said Ornetta Slaughter, Vice President of the Lake County Democratic Black Caucus. “I believe folks are energized to get a new president.” The caravan was supported by the Lake County Democratic Black Caucus, Legacy Democratic Club, Greater Leesburg Democratic Club, Plantation Democratic Club, South Lake Democratic Club and the Plantation Democratic Club.

Lake County Democratic Black Caucus partners with All About the Ballot, an organization geared to engaging 18 to 30 year olds to register to vote, vote and impact others to get involved in 2020 election.