David J. Garrow

Back To Birmingham

JUST AFTER 2 A.M. ON SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 1963, A BLUE-AND-white 1957 Chevy carrying four white men pulled up next to the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

Pointing Toward A Plot

FOR YEARS IT'S SEEMED THE MOST clear-cut assassination of the 1960s: James Earl Ray, a racist ex-con, killed Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4,1968.