JESSE JACKSON reflects at San Francisco Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on King Assassination and American children lost every year to gun violence

The Reverend Jesse Jackson, who was with Martin Luther King, Jr. at the moment of the King Assassination, visits San Francisco King Memorial Thursday.
Photos by Bill Wilson
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Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

The Reverend Jesse Jackson yesterday linked present day loss of American children to gun violence with memories of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination.

Jackson made the remarks following his visit to the San Francisco Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Yerba Buena Gardens.

“I was there when those words were spoken,” Jackson reflected to the Sentinel.

“Everytime I see them writ large it reminds me of just how painful it was to be with him when he was shot.

“To see him lying on the balcony bleeding with a bullet piercing his neck, ripping off his necktied, and blowing out his heart.

“How the man of non-violence was shot down by violence.

“And as it says in the words inscribed on the wall, in the end that evil will not triumph — that good will prevail if good men and women stand up.


“He said out options were non-violence or non-existence.

“Today we have the tragedy of more children under 12 being killed a year than we’ve lost those in Iraq in four years.


“We must go another way.”


The San Francisco Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is situated behind a majestic waterfall fifty 50 feet high and twenty 20 feet wide which cascades over Sierra granite.

Photo courtesy Yerba Buena Gardens

The memorial includes back-lit photos from the civil rights movement and twelve shimmering glass panels set in granite and inscribed with Dr. King’s inspiring words.

The poems are translated into the languages of San Francisco’s 13 international sister cities, as well as African and Arabic dialects.

The memorial is anchored at one end with a carved image of Dr. King and at the other with an image of San Francisco’s community leaders during the 20th anniversary of the March in Golden Gate Park. The Memorial embraces Dr. King’s vision of peace and international unity, and is the second largest Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in the United States next to the King Center in Atlanta, GA.

Jackson was in San Francisco to attend the Thursday annual dinner of the Legal Community Against Violence founded after the July 1, 1993 San Francisco 101 California Street massacre.



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Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

Sentinel Photographer
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past three years.

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