The National Black Republican Association (NBRA) has honored the 40th anniversary of the death of Republican Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by highlighting the circumstances of his death on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee and sharing the press release from the Tennessee Republican Party that is shown below and can be found on the Internet at: http://www.tngop.org/wordpress/?p=137
“Dr. King was attacked by racist Democrats,” said NBRA Chairman Frances Rice, “because he was a Republican who was fighting the Democrats and trying to stop them from denying civil rights to blacks.
“The unrelenting character assassination of Dr. King by Democrats led to his being physically assaulted and ultimately to his tragic death,” Rice said. “When Dr. King left Memphis in March 1968 after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, called Dr. King a ‘trouble-maker’ who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was assassinated.
“Today, while professing to revere Dr. King, Democrats are still trying to tarnish his image by making remarks that diminish his civil rights achievements.”
TENNESSEE REPUBLICAN PARTY HONORS DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Republican Party marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Friday, April 4) with the following statement:
On the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his words still echo through time to call Americans to uphold America’s promise of justice, equality and freedom.
Growing up in a Republican household, Martin Luther King Jr. embraced the bedrock Republican ideals of liberty and justice for all– ideals that were considered radical and dangerous by the Democratic establishment of that era.
“Dr. King exhorted America to fully become a place where people are judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, and his fellow Republicans responded by passing Civil Rights legislation over the objection of many Democrats of that era.” said Robin Smith, Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and a member of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.
“Dr. King’s tragic death in Memphis 40 years ago this Friday didn’t kill his dream and, 40 years later, liberty and justice for all remain the bedrock ideals of our party.”