April 2nd, 2009
05:54 PM ET

Eyewitness to Murder – The King Assassination

Program Note: In CNN's Black in America series, Soledad O'Brien examines the successes, struggles and complex issues faced by black men, women and families, 40 years after the death of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination this Saturday & Sunday, 8 p.m. ET


Through first-hand witnesses and original documents from that time, special correspondent Soledad O'Brien reconstructs the evidence and the story of the death of Martin Luther King Junior. Her CNN Presents documentary, "Eyewitness to Murder: the King Assassination," airs this Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm, ET.

Among those contributing to this special program are former ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis, various policemen and firemen, the medical examiner, and the brother of accused killer James Earl Ray. We look at the man on the balcony who joined the CIA, the military intelligence agents on a nearby firehouse roof, the FBI officials who tried to drive King to suicide, but in the end, find no hard evidence pointing to any one other than Ray.

Editor's Note: In ‘Black in America 2,’ Soledad O'Brien investigates the innovative and unexpected ways people are confronting the most difficult issues facing their community in "Black in America 2." Watch this July on CNN.

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  1. lampe

    I do believe that The King Family believes that someone other than James Earl Ray. was responsible for the death of MLK.

    April 2, 2009 at 8:03 pm |
  2. Mike in NYC

    His FBI files will be opened in 2027. Should be interesting.

    Ralph Abernathy had some interesting things to say about King's last night on Earth.

    April 2, 2009 at 7:02 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    While James Earl Ray killed King out of racial hatred and a yearning for attention, it is ironic that he made King a martyr to civil rights, elevating King's place in American history even higher than it would have been. I hope King's friends that were with him were right in that King never heard the shot that killed him. King was such a great man and its tragic that a loser like Ray could kill a man as great as King.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:39 pm |

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