Today in 1969: James Earl Ray is sentenced to prison for 99 years by a court in Memphis, Tennessee, after admitting he murdered American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
King, who preached and practiced nonviolence, was shot dead in Memphis as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. The building now houses the National Civil Rights Museum.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
A free semester-long series of lectures on hip-hop education brings the nation’s top scholars, artists and leaders in the growing field of hip-hop studies to the UW Madison campus. Tonight, Brittney Cooper, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutger’s University, discusses “A Black Feminist History of Hip-Hop.” This is tonight at 7:30 at 1101 Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue. More info at gettingreal.wisc.edu.
Tonight is a Madison Infoshop Collective Meeting. New volunteers always welcome! Help keep your local community activist resource clearinghouse alive and kicking. This is at 6:30pm at the Madison Infoshop, 1019 Williamson Street. More info at 262-9036 or visit madisoninfoshop.org.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for individuals is available at Madison Central Library, 201 West Mifflin. This is by appointment, 9am to 1pm on Saturdays through April 5th. RSVP by calling 608-266-6350.