On this day…

This is the 21st September edition of New York’s Sunday News from 1958, announcing that US civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been stabbed in the chest the day before, at Blumstein’s Department Store in Harlem.

The attacker was a woman named Izola Curry, and the crime surprised many as she was African American.

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Izola Curry http___a_amz_mshcdn_com_wp-content_uploads_2016_01_mlkstabbing-3On Sept. 20, 1958, 29-year-old Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was in Blumstein_s Department Store in Harlem SUn

Surgery was required to removed the knife, and King stayed in hospital for almost two weeks.

http___a_amz_mshcdn_com_wp-content_uploads_2016_01_mlkstabbing-1The attacker was a woman named Izola Curry, and crime surprised many as she was African American.

On this day: Martin Luther King is Stabbed

http___a_amz_mshcdn_com_wp-content_uploads_2016_01_mlkstabbing-7Izola Curry under arrest after stabbing Martin Luther King in the chest 20th September 1958.

Izola Curry under arrest.

On the 20th of September, 1958 a woman by the name of Izola Curry approached US civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Blumstein’s Department Store in Harlem, New York. After confirming the man she was speaking to was King, she stabbed him in the chest with an ivory handled letter opener. It was also discovered Curry had a gun hidden in her bra.

The crime was considered especially unusual as Curry was African American.

Izola Curry http___a_amz_mshcdn_com_wp-content_uploads_2016_01_mlkstabbing-3On Sept. 20, 1958, 29-year-old Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was in Blumstein_s Department Store in Harlem.

Being treated with the blade still in his chest.

The blade was so close to King’s aorta that it was feared he’d die if he moved suddenly. The weapon was removed via surgery.

Izola Curry http___a_amz_mshcdn_com_wp-content_uploads_2016_01_mlkstabbing-3On Sept. 20, 1958, 29-year-old Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in hospital with wife Coretta 30th September 1958

With his wife Coretta in hospital on the 30th of September.

Curry was committed to a mental institution, and continued to live in various facilities until her death at the age of ninety-eight in 2015.

More information can be found HERE and HERE.

On this day: a Ku Klux Klan conviction in Alabama

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Murder victim Viola Liuzzo.

On the 3rd of December, 1965 a jury in the US southern state of Alabama convicted three Ku Klux Klan members in relation to the murder of white woman Viola Liuzzo.

A fourth man, who had been part of the crime but who worked for the FBI, was not convicted as he testified against the others.

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Liuzzo was helping as a driver for civil rights activists at the time of her murder. She was driving a car and escorting a black man, Leroy Moton, when the Klan members shot her through the window.

Moton was unhurt in the attack, which took place on the 25th of March.

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Immediately after the murder, authorities tried to cover up the facts, and the FBI attempted to destroy Liuzzo’s character in order to distract from one of their own being involved in the crime.

At the time of Liuzzo’s death she was thirty-nine years old, married, and the mother of five.