On June 30th, 1974, Alberta Williams King was gunned down while she played the organ for the “Lord’s Prayer” at Ebenezer Baptist Church. As a Christian civil rights activist, she was assassinated...just like her son, Martin Luther King, Jr. But most people remember only one. Until a month ago, I was one of those people.
Alberta Williams King, mother of Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated June 30, 1974 at the hands of Marcus Wayne Chenault, 23 years old. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., struck by the violent deaths of his two sons and by the tragic death of his wife Alberta, said at her funeral service on July 3, “I cannot hate any man.”
The Reverend Martin Luther King Sr and his wife Alberta Williams King at the funeral of their son, Martin Luther King Jr, Ebenezer Church Atlanta, 9 April 1968. Photograph: CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
Murder of Martin Luther King's mother, Guardian 1 July 1974 | Alberta Williams King: The 70-year-old mother of the late Rev Martin Luther King was shot and killed today as she played the organ for morning service.... Her assailant, a young black man, who eye-witnesses said "went berserk," and who was later reported to have said that "all Christians" were his enemies... The attack on Mrs King took place less than 100 yards from where her famous son, killed in 1968 at the age of 39, is buried.
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Martin Luther King Sr. and his wife, Alberta “Bunch” Williams King. King Sr. gave her the nickname upon her return from college, shortening “bunch-of-goodness” to just “Bunch.” They were married in 1926.
Queen Elizabeth and Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King in Banff, Alberta. King George VI was removed from the original photograph. This photo was used on an election poster for the Prime Minister - c.1939