KING: A DREAM DENIED
In late March of 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, as Martin Luther
King leads a march in support of striking sanitation workers,
provocateurs in the crowd end up breaking storefront windows
along the way. As the police close in, Martin Luther King
is led away to safety. Before leaving Memphis, he meets with
members of a local community group. He asks them to assist
in monitoring his next march in Memphis.
Unbeknownst to King, a military A-team is deployed to Memphis.
There mission is to assassinate him. A man known only as Raul
leads fugitive James Earl Ray to purchase a rifle and meet
him there as well. Ray is helping Raul in return for a passport
so that he can flee the country. In reality, Ray is being
used as a patsy.
Before returning to Memphis, King takes time out to be with
his family back in Atlanta. He also meets with his associates
to plan for the upcoming Poor People's Campaign, his plan
to bring half a million of the nation's poor to Washington
D.C. until the government agrees to take real steps to end
poverty in this, the wealthiest nation in the world.
This frightens the powers that be so much so that J. Edgar
Hoover meets with President Johnson in the White House to
get his approval for the upcoming assassination. Back in Memphis,
members of the Memphis Police Department plan the hit at Jim's
Grill. Loyd Jowers, owner of the establishment, agrees to
help as a way of foregoing a large gambling debt he owes to
local mafia hitman, Frank Liberto.
The FBI works behind the scenes to get King to stay on an
upper floor room at the Lorraine Motel so that Memphis Police
sharpshooter, Earl Clark will have a clear shot at him. The
Green Berets set up positions for triangulation shooting from
nearby rooftops in case Earl is unsuccessful. Meanwhile, Raul
sends Ray off to the movies so that he can set him up to take
Everyone takes up positions. When King comes out onto the
balcony, it is Earl Clark who fires the fatal shot. Earl hands
the rifle off to Loyd who promptly takes it into his diner.
The shooter jumps into a waiting police car that whisks him
away from the scene. A cab driver who witnesses the assassination
calls his dispatcher and tells him to contact the authorities.
King's children hear about the shooting while watching television.
Coretta hurries to catch a flight to Memphis. As she arrives
at the airport, she is told her husband has died.
The next day, the overgrown brush area across from the Lorraine
is cut down under police supervision. The cab driver who witnessed
the assassin fleeing the scene is found murdered after talking
with federal investigators. The FBI alters a report on the
rifle to fit their scenario of a lone nut assassin. Loyd pays
a friend to dispose of the murder weapon.
Thousands turn out in Atlanta to mourn the loss of this great
leader. Ray is arrested and sent to jail without a trial.
In 1999, a civil trial found city, state, and federal authorities
guilty in conspiring to kill Martin Luther King.
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