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Commemorate MLK Day with Author Joseph Rosenboom, Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last 31 Hours (Online)

During the summer of 1968, Joseph Rosenbloom had a reporter’s internship at Memphis’ morning daily, the Commercial Appeal. This was just months after the shocking April 4th assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and planted the seeds of Rosenbloom’s lifelong interest to research further the events leading to King’s violent death. After a decades-long successful career as an award-winning journalist as a staff reporter for the Boston Globe, an investigative reporter for Frontline, and a senior editor for Inc. magazine, Rosenbloom fulfilled his quest to delve more deeply into King’s fatal visit to Memphis and specifically the last 31 hours, 28 minutes of his life.

Through a honed investigative reporter’s lens, Rosenbloom weaves together three strands that defined this period of King’s life: trying to redeem his reputation as a nonviolent leader; seeking an end to poverty through the Poor People’s Campaign; and drawing on his deep faith in the power of sacrifice for a noble cause. But not only does Rosenbloom examine these final hours from April 3rd when King delivered his “Mountaintop” speech to his murder at 6:00 pm on April 4; he also tells a story about King’s assassin, James Earl Ray, and his movements during this same time period.

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