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History > 20th century > USA > Civil rights > Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) > Izola Ware Curry    1916-2015

 

 

 

Ms. Curry in 1958.

 

Photograph: Associated Press

 

Izola Ware Curry, Who Stabbed King in 1958, Dies at 98

NYT

MARCH 21, 2015

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/us/
izola-ware-curry-who-stabbed-king-in-1958-dies-at-98.html 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Izola Ware Curry    1916-2015

 

mentally ill woman

who in 1958 stabbed

the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

at a Harlem book signing

— an episode that a decade later

would become

a rhetorical touchstone

in the last oration of his life —

 

(...)

 

What surprised many observers

at the time of the crime

was that Ms. Curry herself was black,

the daughter of sharecroppers

from the rural South.

 

Questions persisted

about what could have moved her

to attack Dr. King,

then a 29-year-old Alabama preacher

who had assumed the national stage

amid the Montgomer

bus boycott of 1955-56.

 

The stabbing nearly cost

Dr. King his life,

requiring hours of delicate surgery

to remove Ms. Curry’s blade,

a seven-inch ivory-handled

steel letter opener,

which had lodged near his heart.

 

If he had so much as sneezed,

his doctors later told him,

he would not have survived.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/us/i
zola-ware-curry-who-stabbed-king-in-1958-dies-at-98.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/13/
nyregion/martin-luther-king-stabbed-harlem.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/us/
izola-ware-curry-who-stabbed-king-in-1958-dies-at-98.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harlem        Martin Luther King is stabbed by Izola Ware Curry (1916-2015)        20 September 1958

 

 

 

Dr. King said he bore no ill will toward

Izola Ware Curry, center, his attacker.

 

Photograph:

Pat Candido/New York Daily News,

via Getty Images

 

Before ‘I Have a Dream,’

Martin Luther King Almost Died. This Man Saved Him.

The untold story of the patrolman who took charge

when the civil rights leader was stabbed in Harlem.

NYT

Nov. 13, 2020    5:00 a.m. ET

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/13/
nyregion/martin-luther-king-stabbed-harlem.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. after being attacked in 1958

with a letter opener lodged near his heart.

 

Photograph:

Vernoll Coleman/New York Daily News,

via Getty Images

 

Before ‘I Have a Dream,’

Martin Luther King Almost Died. This Man Saved Him.

The untold story of the patrolman who took charge

when the civil rights leader was stabbed in Harlem.

NYT

Nov. 13, 2020    5:00 a.m. ET

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/13/
nyregion/martin-luther-king-stabbed-harlem.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The letter opener still protruding from his chest,

Dr. King was wheeled into Harlem Hospital in September 1958.

 

Photograph:

Phil Greitzer/New York Daily News Archive,

via Getty Images

 

Before ‘I Have a Dream,’

Martin Luther King Almost Died. This Man Saved Him.

The untold story of the patrolman who took charge

when the civil rights leader was stabbed in Harlem.

NYT

Nov. 13, 2020    5:00 a.m. ET

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/13/
nyregion/martin-luther-king-stabbed-harlem.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A doctor with the recuperating Dr. King,

who recounted years later,

“The blade was on the edge of my aorta,”

adding, “Once that’s punctured,

you’re drowned in your own blood, that’s the end of you.”

 

Photograph:

Pat Candido/New York Daily News Archive,

via Getty Images

 

Before ‘I Have a Dream,’

Martin Luther King Almost Died. This Man Saved Him.

The untold story of the patrolman who took charge

when the civil rights leader was stabbed in Harlem.

NYT

Nov. 13, 2020    5:00 a.m. ET

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/13/
nyregion/martin-luther-king-stabbed-harlem.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King,

leaving Harlem Hospital in October 1958.

 

Dr. King’s career and stature soared in the decade

that followed that near-fatal afternoon at Blumstein’s department store.

 

Photograph:

Phil Greitzer/New York Daily News Archive,

via Getty Images

 

Before ‘I Have a Dream,’

Martin Luther King Almost Died. This Man Saved Him.

The untold story of the patrolman who took charge

when the civil rights leader was stabbed in Harlem.

NYT

Nov. 13, 2020    5:00 a.m. ET

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/13/
nyregion/martin-luther-king-stabbed-harlem.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

During a book signing

at Blumstein’s Department Store

in Harlem, New York,

King is stabbed

by Izola Ware Curry.

 

He is rushed to Harlem Hospital

where a team of doctors

successfully remove

a seven-inch letter opener

from his chest.

https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/
king-resources/major-king-events-chronology-1929-1968 

 

(...)

 

At the time of the stabbing,

Dr. King

was promoting his book

“Stride Toward Freedom:

The Montgomery Story,”

which recounted

the successful boycott

he helped lead

to desegregate buses

in Montgomery, Ala.

 

His assailant

was a mentally disturbed

black woman

who blamed Dr. King

for her woes.

 

Dr. King forgave her

and asked that

she not be prosecuted.

 

He later learned

that she had been

committed to a hospital

for the criminally insane.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/nyregion/
dr-wv-cordice-jr-95-a-surgeon-who-helped-save-dr-king-dies.html

 

 

https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-resources/
major-king-events-chronology-1929-1968

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/13/
nyregion/martin-luther-king-stabbed-harlem.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/
nyregion/dr-wv-cordice-jr-95-a-surgeon-who-helped-save-dr-king-dies.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/
us/izola-ware-curry-who-stabbed-king-in-1958-dies-at-98.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anglonautes > Arts > Photography > Photographers > 20th century > USA

 

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Fred Baldwin    1929-2021

 

 

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Ernest C. Withers    1922-2007

 

 

Leonard Freed    1929-2006

 

 

Gordon Parks    1912-2006

 

 

James "Spider" Martin    1939-2003

 

 

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Ed Clark    1911-2000

 

 

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Related

 

New York Times > Disunion: The Civil War

 

Disunion revisits and reconsiders

America’s most perilous period

— using contemporary accounts,

diaries, images

and historical assessments to follow

the Civil War as it unfolded.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/
opinion/disunion.html 

 

 

 

 

New York Times > Civil war timeline

 

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by contributors to the Disunion series.

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and historical assessments

follow the Civil War as it unfolded.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/
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Slavery and the Making of America > Timeline

https://www.thirteen.org/wnet/slavery/timeline/index.html

 

 

 

 

Library of Congress

The African American Odyssey:

A Quest for Full Citizenship

http://international.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/exhibit/aointro.html

 

 

 

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

Major King Events Chronology: 1929-1968

https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-resources/
major-king-events-chronology-1929-1968 

 

 

 

 

The Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.

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https://www.npr.org/news/specials/march40th/speeches.html

 

 

 

 

Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

https://www.nps.gov/malu/learn/education/otherresources.htm 

 

 

 

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