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Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - April 5, 1968, Oakland, California
A responsible metropolitan newspaper 95th year no. 96 is Friday april 5, 1968 daily a month Johnson proclaims Day of mourning special meeting of Congress compiled from a and in Washington president Johnson today proclaimed sunday a National Day of m o u r n i n g for or. Martin Luther King and asked con Gress to Call a special meeting monday night to hear his constructive recommendations for easing racial ten Sions. The president later can celeb his scheduled trip to Hawaii because of the turmoil following the murder. The White House announced that the president will decide later when and where to meet with Gen. William g. West Moreland u s. Commander in Vietnam and also with presi Dent Chung Hee Park of South Korea. Johnson addressing the nation in radio and television in this hour of n a t i o n a 1 vowed that America shall not be ruled by the bul let i did not understate the Case sunday when i spoke of the divisiveness that is tear nig this Johnson said. The president noted that Congress would be in adjourn ment Over the weekend but he hoped that a joint meeting of the could be _ called than monday at 9 . Est. The president met with top negro and government Lead ers earlier. He had hastily arranged the meeting after negroes took to the streets in More than a dozen big City ghettos smash ing windows looting and hurl ing bricks. In designating sunday a National Day of mourning John son urged the nation to Pray for an end to racial hatred. In our churches in our Homes in our private hearts let us resolve before god to stand against the divisiveness in our country and All its the president said Johnson attended memorial services for the slam negro Leader at Washington s National Cathedral after the meeting at which he issued an Appeal to the nation to deny violence its Victory in this sorrowful time Johnson s declaration that America shall not be ruled by the Bullet came shortly after Black Power militant continued Page 3, col. 1 president Johnson Justice Marshall White House session in Wake of sniper suspect wore silly Soffe Memphis. Tenn. Up the sniper believed to have gunned Down or. Martin Luther King or. Wore a silly smile and registered under the name of John police and Fri agents were told today. The description was Given by mrs Bessie Brewer 44, the Landlady of the House from which the Bullet was fired that killed King As he stood on his Motel Balcony some 200 feet away mrs. Brewer told newsmen she checked in a new tenant m apartment 5 of the run Down dwelling about 3-30 . Thursday that fit a description of King s assailant Given out earlier by police he paid his week s rent in Cash with a Bill and two quarters and registered under the name of John mrs. Brewer said. He had a silly mrs. Brewer said. Ill never for get that mrs Brewer said her tenant had no Luggage both she and her husband Frank 46, con firmed that they heard the shot believed fired from a common bathroom that killed King. Mrs. Brewer said the last she saw of her tenant was when she showed him his room the next time she looked after the shooting he was gone. Three other persons told newsmen that they saw the Man believed to be the sniper. The tenant of a two room apartment in the building Charles q Stephens 46, and his wife. Grace also said they heard the shot it was still Light and i was working in my Stephens said. I heard this shot i opened my door and saw this Sandy haired Man in a dark suit running Down the stairs with something under continued Page a col. 1 s guard units Jackie weeps begs called up As j for Loef hate riots spread Washington up Daylight looting spread through Washington today and the District of Columbiana tonal guard was summoned to weekend duty. National guard troops also were called out in Detroit Nashville and Memphis Tenn., Raleigh and greens Boro . With one dead and the disorders spreading toward Washington s main shopping District maj. Gen. Charles l. Southworth commanding Gen eral of the guard announced at the request of District of Columbia officials units of the District of Columbiana tonal guard have begun a weekend training Drill. Mem Bers have been instructed to report immediately for train ing and to be available As re Quested for other a spokesman for South Worth refused to give any other details whatsoever or to answer questions. guardsmen was announced less than an hour after Wash pages c4.1 new York up mrs. John f. Kennedy issued an emotional Appeal to the nation today to let the assassination of or. Martin Luther King make room in peo ple s hearts for love not mrs. Kennedy herself widowed by an Assassin s Bullet issued the following state ment from her apartment Here i weep for mrs. King and for her Chil Dren for this senseless senseless act of hate which took away a Man who preached love and Hope. When will our country learn that to live by the sword is to perish by the sword i Pray that with the Price he paid his life he will make room in people s hearts for love not hate. Some people would never even to speak of another with hatred is the same and causes death. In the agonizing months that lie ahead i Pray that everyone will look into his heart and try to find More room for love and Justice there. And for the people or. King led who have suffered so much and who have so much still to Hope for i Pray that his Sacri fice will help to bring them All that they arrest of King s killer very close compiled from a and up Memphis Tenn. Attorney general Ramsey Clark said today Are very close to arresting the sniper Slayer of integration Leader or. Martin Luther King or Clark made the statement at an Impromptu press Confer ence held on the ramp of Memphis Airport As King s n Copper and bron2e casket was being loaded aboard a chartered Airliner t o be flown Home to Atlanta. Clark who rushed Here from Washington had gone aboard the plane earlier to express to King s widow the very deep regret of president Johnson and All the Cabinet at the tragic loss of this great american Clark was asked whether any Progress was being made toward identifying and Captur ing the Youthful White Assas sin who killed King last night with a single Rifle shot its the civil rights Leader stood on the Balcony of a Motel. Yes real Progress is being made. Substantial evidence has been discovered i m fully confident this crime will be the attorney general said. Asked whether an arrest is imminent Clarks said we Are very nearly 200 persons filed past King s casket in half an hour before it was carried to the Airport for the flight Back to Atlanta at the funeral Home an eld Erly woman stepped past the full coverage on casket looked at the body of the martyred hero and said i did t know you but i loved you the body of the slam civil rights Leader returned Home aboard a plane chartered by sen Robert f Ken Nedy. Hundreds of negroes Many weeping gathered at the Atlanta Airport to View the casket a Fleet of Black limousines and a Hearse were parked about 25 feet from the plane which was met by mayor Ivan Allen and other civic and civil rights leaders King s four children Yolanda Denise Martin Luther i continued Page 3, col. 4 City schools closed amid race tension racial tension and scattered incidents of vandalism throughout Oakland reactions to the assassination of or. Martin Luther King forced the closing of Oakland Public schools at 10 15 a m. Today. The students were dismissed from classes and sent Home when school officials became concerned Over student control. Rumours swept the City after the closing. Police said ten Sions seemed to be easing As the Day Progress etl police received varied re ports most unconfirmed of Street assaults Rock throw ing broken windows loot my and shoplifting and bands of youngsters roaming City streets. In Berkeley East Palo Alto and other locations throughout the Bay area there were scattered incidents of a similar nature reported. Windows were broken in four downtown Berkeley stores and there were reports of juveniles grabbing Mer or. Martin Luther King at his last Public appearance a Memphis strike rally he had an almost incredible serenity in the midst of danger and sheer Force of spirit helped alter history by Louis Cassels Memphis Tenn up in the Days and years ahead Martin Luther King or will be numbered among that Small but honoured company of men who have changed the course of history by sheer Force of spirit that this apostle of nonviolence should die by violence seems the supreme Iron. Yet in that Flicker of time before death came or. King could not have been surprised when the assassins Bullet struck nun he had lived for years in daily even hourly expectation of just such a Fate. The two men he most admired India s to Mahatma Gandhi and Jesus of Nazareth also taught nonviolence both of them were Spain by hate filled men a reporter once asked or King whether he did not fear for his own safety when he walked unarmed and unprotected through the hostile streets of Selma. Birding Ham Montgomery Chicago and scores of other cities and urfi Jiser Liere he Jed civil rights demonstrations he replied i have Learned not to think about what the personal consequences might be i believe with All my heart that god has called me to Lead my peo ple in their struggle in this hour and that is what i must do he never doubted that his cause was just and that in the end it would prevail. It was this deep inner certainty that gave him an almost incredible serenity in the midst of Dan Ger and tumult such fear As he knew was not for himself but for his coun try which he loved. Many limes in recent months he expressed concern that time was running out for completion of a peaceful revolution that would give Black people a fair share in Ameri can life. Last summer s riots caused him deep personal anguish he Felt the nation could not sustain Many More such Summers without bringing into Power a ruthlessly repressive fascist Type g o v Ern ment it was this sense of this anguish that spelled him to plan his poor people s crusade in Washington d c this Spring As a Means of dramatizing before the eyes of Congress and the president the need for massive govern ment programs to relieve the poverty and misery of Urban and Rural ghettos some negro leaders and Many White liberals opposed the Washington demonstration on the grounds that it might Lead to violence it might turn Congress against his cause he rejected these objections and replied that he would take every precaution to insure that there be no Vio Lence on the part of his peo Mccarthy pledges to revamp draft sen by Dave Hope Tribune political writer Eugene j. Mccarthy draft age would give him burst of moved his Campaign for the democratic presidential Nomi nation into Southern califor Nia today getting additional plaudits on a pledge to re Vamp the draft system. He also opened up on his major rival sen. Robert Ken Nedy and the latter s califor Nia Campaign head Assembly speaker Jessa Unruh. We Are not going to make any deals Vath Power politicians including Jesse Unruh " Mccarthy declared at a Burbank Airport news Confer ence at the California Institute of technology in Pasadena he repeated the draft Reform pledge he made Here yester Day. It was understandable that students at the University of California generally of Small world their greatest burst Otap p 1 a u s e afternoon when he said three agencies of government need to be somewhat altered and named the Cia the Fri and the draft boards As they operate under Gen. Lewis b but an adult audience at a fund raising dinner in the san Francisco Hilton hotel last night also responded with a standing cheering ova Tion As he reiterated that statement and added As tar gets the defense depart ment and the executive department of government the dinner which attracted an attendance of filling two hotel ballrooms started on a somber note reflecting the murder of negro Leader Martin Luther King. Mccarthy issued a Brief statement immediately o n learning of the Memphis shooting the death of mar tin Luther King is a tragedy for All he said. Not Only have his people lost a Noble and great Leader but All people especially Ameri cans have lost a Man of peace. We can Only Grieve Elijah Turner of Oakland National treasurer of the con Gress of racial Equality and a member of the California delegation pledged to Mccar continued Page 15, col. 3 siege ends yanks fan out from Khe Sanh Saigon a the siege of Khe Sanh was lifted today. Us officers said but Spear Heads of a big Relief Force less than a mile away made no at tempt to enter the Marine combat base the marines at Khe Sanh were still under fire from North vietnamese gun ners who pounded the base in the Northwest Corner of Viet Nam with 100 rounds. This was one reason for keeping any of the Relief forces out of Khe Sanh. And members of the Gam son sallied out two Miles for the first time since the siege began nearly three months ago and beat Back an attack by 400 North vietnamese with heavy losses. With the North vietnamese Force around Khe Sanh base once estimated at reduced to about by offi Cial estimate the possibility of a big decisive Battle went glimmering Khe Sanh stands astride one of the invasion routes from Laos North vietnamese Cap Tives Early in the siege said they were told the coming Bat the for Khe Sanh would be the last Battle of the War if won. Marines expected a human wave assault at Khe Sanh would begin during the continued Page ii pm. 1 pie he became quite irritated recently when a reporter suggested the poor people s Cru Sade entailed grave risk to his own prestige because if it failed leadership of the negro Freedom movement would pass to Black militants. Preserving my position is of no he snapped challenging injustice is very important Martin Luther King surely was not ready to die he had so much work still to do. But if he did not seek martyrdom neither did he run from it. If physical death is the Price that a Man must pay to free his children and his White Brethren from a permanent death of the he once said then nothing could be More the time May come when White americans will mourn his death As ardently As any of his negro followers America is the less with his passing bomb curb not enough for Hanoi by Raymond Lawrence foreign news analyst Hanoi in another at tack on american today declared partial cessation of bombing is insufficient to show United states wants a peaceful Settle ment of the War. South vietnamese president Thieu said he doubts the Good will of Hanoi toward peace talks and insisted his govern ment will have to play the principal role when a conference in the real sense begins. In Moscow the Krem Lin broke its silence and supported u in o r t h Vietnam talks about a Complete halt to bombing and All Otter acts of War against the North. In Geneva . Secretary general Thant said he believes the Washington Hanoi talks will begin very Thant who Long Bat pressed for an All Tut
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