ShowAfrica Live
Broadcast TitleThe April of 1968...
Broadcast Date2014-04-06
Record Date2014-04-06

Africa Live brings news and analysis from the African Internationalist perspective and audio culture from various parts of the African Diaspora.

Today's show features two special segments - the first on the death of Little Bobby Hutton and the second on two speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We will look at the assassination of Little Bobby Hutton, the first member of the Black Panther Party. Hutton was 18 years old, when he was killed by Oakland Police on April 6, 1968, two days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther Jr.

In the April 30, 1967 speech by Dr. King,"Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam," he said,"America and most of its newspapers applauded me in Montgomery when I stood before thousands of negroes getting ready to riot when my home was bombed and said 'We cannot do it this way.' They applauded us in the sit-in movement when we nonviolently decided to sit-in at lunch counters. They applauded us on the Freedom Rides when we accepted blows without retaliation. Oh the press was so noble in its applause and so noble in its praise when I was saying be nonviolent toward Bull Connor. There is something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that would praise you when you say be nonviolent toward Jim Clark but will curse and damn you when you say be nonviolent toward little brown Vietnamese children "

In Dr. King's April 3rd, 1968 speech,"I've Been to the Mountaintop,"he said, "Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee -- the cry is always the same: 'We want to be free.'" In less than 24 hours King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.

Next week,Chairman Omali Yeshitela of the African Socialist International and the African People's Socialist Party will join us here on Africa Live to discuss both Little Bobby Hutton and Dr. Martin Luther King and these speeches.