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Martin Luther King Jr. Casually Recovering After Failed Assassination Attempt on Sept. 20, 1958.

Martin Luther King Jr. Casually Recovering After Failed Assassination Attempt on Sept. 20, 1958.

Martin Luther King Jr. Casually Recovering After Failed Assassination Attempt on Sept. 20, 1958.



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    The day Martin Luther King Jr. was almost killed
    Dr. Emil A. Naclerio, member of the surgical team that operated on the Rev. Martin Luther King, at King’s bedside in Harlem Hospital in New York on Sept. 21, 1958. Rev. King, stabbed by Izola Ware Curry as he appeared at a Harlem Department store on September 20, was still on the critical list after an operation.

    By Ernie Suggs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Sept 20, 2017

    A 1958 assassination attempt by a Georgia woman almost changed history:
    “Is this Martin Luther King?”
    That is the question, a simple one, that Izola Ware Curry asked Martin Luther King Jr. at a Sept. 20, 1958 book signing in Harlem.
    The 42-year-old Curry had a distinctive Southern accent and was neatly dressed in a suit with matching jewelry and sequined cat’s-eye glasses.
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    King was signing copies of his first book “Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story,” at Blumstein’s Department Store.
    Only 29 at the time, King barely looked up when he replied, “Yes.”
    With that confirmation, Curry plunged a seven-inch steel letter opener into King’s chest. She was stopped before she could get her loaded .25-caliber automatic pistol out of her bra.
    She didn’t try to run.
    “I’ve been after him for six years,” Curry cried as she was apprehended. “I’m glad I done it.”
    As the nation prepares for the 50th anniversary of the 1968 assassination of the civil rights icon, his 1958 stabbing has been largely forgotten, although he said on the eve of his death a decade later, that had he merely sneezed, it would have killed him.
    The tip of Curry’s blade, King said, was on the edge of his aorta, “And once that’s punctured, you’re drowned in your own blood — that’s the end of you.”

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