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Friday, April 13, 2007

No Need to Dull 'Barbershop's' Cutting Edge

"If Jackson is truly interested in preserving the 'sacred' Civil Rights Movement, he should start by admitting that he has been lying for more than 30 years about being the last person to hold Dr. King before he died.

"Abernathy recounts in his autobiography that Jackson and another aide, Hosea Williams, had agreed not to talk to the media immediately following King’s assassination until they could learn more details. However, moments later, Jackson was speaking to reporters.

"‘"Yes," Jesse was saying. "I was the last person he spoke to as I was cradling him in my arms." 'With a roar of anger, Hosea started cursing and was halfway up the chain fence before one of the others pulled him down and held him until his anger had cooled. But Jackson has told the same story, or very nearly the same, that morning on 'The Today Show.'

"Barbara A. Reynolds, in her biography, initially titled, 'Jesse Jackson: The man, the movement, the myth,' quotes Hosea Williams: 'I had no hangups about Jesse talking to the press. That was okay, but why lie? Why capitalize on another man’s name and image — a dead man, who can’t speak for himself?'

In a tape-recorded interview with me before he died, Abernathy dared Jackson to say to his face that he —not Abernathy — was the last one who cradled Dr. King. It’s time for Jesse Jackson to come clean. If he can’t, as Eddie says in the movie… Well, you know what he says."

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