Earl Caldwell: Eyewitness to History

May 9, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, LaGuardia Community College

As a national reporter covering the struggle for civil rights for The New York Times, Earl Caldwell was the lone journalist present at the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. He also believes that the official story of King’s murder is a “lie.” “In Memphis, there was no investigation,” said Caldwell, who was staying down the hall from King, in room 214 of the Lorraine Motel. “My room faced the crime scene. Nobody ever came to me asking, ‘Where were you standing and what did you see?’ ” Speaking at LaGuardia Community College’s Black Literature Series, Caldwell, a former columnist for the New York Daily News, reflects on that day and other momentous events he witnessed and chronicled in his more than 40-year career.

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