Excerpt from 11/29/87 "The New York Times" article: "Jesse Jackson Aims for the Mainstream": On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated as he stood on the balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. The gunshot set off a sequence of events that would drive a wedge between Jesse Jackson and many of Dr. King's followers.
Mr. Jackson was a floor below when the shots rang out; he and several colleagues ran up to the balcony. After the fatally wounded Dr. King was taken to the hospital, reporters converged on the motel.
''And Jesse was saying, 'I was the last person in the world he spoke to,' '' recalls the Rev. Hosea Williams, an Atlanta city council member and former King associate who was also at the motel. ''I saw the blood on Jesse's shirt and I know Jesse had not been near Dr. King.''
That night, Mr. Jackson flew to Chicago. The next day, he had Don Rose book him on two local television talk shows; he also appeared that morning on NBC's ''Today Show,'' wearing the same blood-stained turtleneck that he had worn the day before. He told reporters he was the last to talk to Dr. King, who died, he said, cradled in his arms.
But none of that is so, according to several King aides, who remain bitter about the incident and still ask why Mr. Jackson did not change his shirt.
''Trauma. And it was in part defiance and anger and hurt,'' explains Mr. Jackson, who both stands by his story and alters it a bit. Today, he does not say that he cradled the dying man's head, only that he ''reached out for'' him. His wife supports his explanation. ''I think he had the same clothes on for two or three days,'' says Jacqueline Jackson. ''I think it was psychological.''
Evidence of Jackson's potential for violence:
Steve Cokely says Jesse Jackson involved in Martin Luther King's assassination:
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
Steve Cokely passed away on April 11, 2012. Steve was born June 17, 1952, and was the father of 3 children.
Steve Cokely is a political researcher and lecturer who has lectured nationally on political and economic issues especially as they relate to the Black community.
At the time Cokely served as special assistant to the former mayor of Chicago, [[Eugene Sawyer.> He was also assistant to the special committee on rules under the late then Mayor Harold Washington.
Steve Cokely is also a futurologist who has commented extensively on water conservation, organic farming, and communal living. Cokely has given over 5,000 lectures in the past decade alone on the topic of global warming and corporate conspiracies, The Trilateral Commission, The Bilderberg Group, Rothchilds, Rockefellers, etc.
Cokely's research delves into the history of Marcus Garvey, the Black Panthers and other areas of African-American history.
Cokely has lectured at many college campuses nationally and is also known for his conspiracy theories involving the Black Male elite organization known as the Sigma Pi Phi and the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.