On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in April, an African American journalist in Detroit says he believes the American icon was killed by a federal government plot because of his activism and unyielding opposition to the Vietnam War.
“In early 1967 Dr. King came out solidly against the US genocidal war against the people in Vietnam. He said that there should be an immediate ceasefire and there should be a withdrawal of US forces from Vietnam. This alienated him completely from the administration of the then President Lyndon Baines Johnson. So a year after he came out against the war he was assassinated,” said Abayomi Azikiwe, editor at the Pan-African News Wire.
He said he believes “Dr. King was assassinated as a result of a federal government conspiracy. He had been a thorn in the edifice of US capitalism and imperialism.”
“I feel very strongly that many of the gains won by the civil rights movement…