Andrew Young on MLK’s Last Days

Apr 4, 2018

On this special edition of Political Rewind, Bill Nigut talks with Ambassador Andrew Young, as they commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Young was one of Dr. King’s chief lieutenants throughout  the Civil Rights Movement, and he was with King the evening he was shot to death at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

Young describes the infighting that went on within the inner circle over whether they should go to Memphis to support striking African American garbage workers there; he shares his observations of King’s depression after a march he led in Memphis turned violent; he talks about the final hours he and other members of the inner circle spent with King before he was killed; and he tells Bill why he doesn’t mourn for King, who he feels as close to today, he says, as he did when Dr. King was alive.