Martin Luther King, Jr. - Threats/attacks against
At 9:30 P.M., 30 January, a single stick of dynamite exploded on the King family's porch; Coretta Scott King and a friend, Dexter member Mary Lucy Williams, had been in the living room when they heard an object land on the front porch. They bolted to the back room, where King's daughter Yolanda was sleeping, just as the dynamite exploded, ripping a hole in the porch floor, shattering four windows, and damaging a porch column.
This report on the Montgomery movement, drafted initially by Bayard Rustin, was the featured article in the second issue of Liberation, which was devoted to the boycott.1 A new journal edited by Rustin and other radical pacifists, Liberation included several related articles, including Rustin's “Montgomery Diary.” King, according to this report, sees a “new Negro” emerging in the South: “The extreme tension in race relations in the South today is explained in part by the revo
At a press conference in his hospital room—his first public appearance since being stabbed ten days earlier—King gave a short statement to reporters.1 Later that day he issued this announcement. King was released from Harlem Hospital on 3 October and convalesced at the home of family friend Sandy Ray in Brooklyn until 24 October, when he returned to Montgomery.
My dear Friends and Co-Workers of the MIA:
While convalescening here in New York from an act of violence which was inflicted upon me two weeks ago, my mind inevitably turns toward you. Over and over again during these difficult days I have thought of you and our long association together.
Arriving home after his five-week convalescence in New York, King was cheered by a crowd of supporters and friends as he stepped from the airplane at Montgomery's Dennelly Field Airport.1
Maude Ballou sent Ebony a draft of this column, King's last for the magazine, on 28 October. King discontinued “Advice for Living” after doctors advised him to limit his commitments following his stabbing.1
Question: I was shocked by the recent attack on you. What are your current plans? What can I do to help you and the work to which you have dedicated your life?
On 11 February King delivered "A Realistic Look at Race Relations" to an over-packed audience at Bennett College's Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel.1 In his address King stressed the importance of the ballot, while noting the limitations of the two major political parties. "I'm not here to tell you how to vote," he said. "That isn't my concern. I'm not a politician. I have no political ambitions. I don't think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party.
After another weekend of violence in Montgomery, including a failed attempt to bomb King’s home with twelve sticks of dynamite, King declares to his Dexter congregation on 27 January that their city is “dangerous to live in—it’s no longer safe.”1 For the first time he talks about experiencing a “divine” presence a year before, when God gave him the courage he needed to face escalating threats of violence.2 A Montgomery Adv