"My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of The Lord."
Those were the last publicly spoken words of reverend and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The next day, April 4th 1968, at 6:01 p.m., Dr. King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee.
"People were angry because they took the drum major down. When you take the leader of the flock down, people run all kinds of ways," said Lubbockite TJ Patterson.
Patterson says he was paying a bill in downtown Lubbock when he heard the news.
"He believed so much he gave his life, brother, he gave his life. He believed... He wasn't just talking," Patterson said. Patterson, a former city councilman, says he remembers the civil rights years vividly. But he believes minority children today don't share the level of respect his generation does for men like doctor king.
"Kids coming after that time don't understand. They have no idea of what really transpired. They can't even relate to what happened," He said.
"He was the hero of civil rights," said Councilman Floyd Price. Price says he can still see Dr. King's difference in America today.
"We can see some advances as far as politically as far as economically but we still have a long way to go," Price said.Politically, Price says, because we have a black man and a white woman on the road to the white house. However, Price says, King's dream isn't finished.
"The dream came true where he said he'd like to see black men, white men, everybody sitting together, talking together, going to school together, moving together.. That part has come true. But you can go to other cities and you can see the difference where your minority families live. You can see the difference in schools you can see the differences in the businesses... That part has not come true," Price said.
"He was god sent... He was god sent. He was a believer. He believed that black boys and black girls and all kids could get along together," Patterson added.
"He was our hero, he was our idol...," added Price.
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