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The 2012 Sound Cloud version of An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King has more clarity and depth than the one recorded in 2010 used for the music video posted at YouTube and other music video sharing sites. This version was recorded at Robot Envy Studio with owner Sammy Fielding as the Sound Engineer. Vic Sadot is on vocals and acoustic guitar. Eric Golub provides a great accompaniment on viola that captures the spirit of the song.
The song is based upon the book of the same title by King family lawyer, William Pepper. The book tells the story of the trial that Pepper won on behalf of the King family in 1999 in a Memphis, Tennessee court where a jury of 6 black and 6 white jurors unanimously found Loyd Jowers and unnamed government conspirators guilty of murdering Martin Luther King. The King family had long determined that James Earl Ray was not the lone gunman in an act of hate, but rather a patsy in a conspiracy to decapitate the unifying justice movement that Dr King represented.
William Pepper is a legendary American author, British barrister, and King family lawyer. Martin Luther King contacted William Pepper after reading an article Pepper had written in Ramparts magazine about the effects of the Vietnam War on the children of Vietnam. He invited Pepper to speak to his congregation, which was the beginning of a life-long friendship with MLK and his family. William Pepper continued to investigate the assassination of MLK for years. The King family and William Pepper got considerable criticism in the mainstream press for stating that they did not believe that James Earl Ray was the killer of King. Among the many facts that came out in the trial was that James Earl Ray had been given a top security NSA identity as Eric Galt for the entire 9 months before the execution, which enabled the escaped prisoner to travel to wherever his handlers sent him without any problems from local law enforcement.
They won a unanimous conviction of Loyd Jowers and “unnamed government conspirators” for the murder of Martin Luther King. Loyd Jowers was the owner of Jim's Grill, a restaurant across the street from the Lorraine Motel where MLK was gunned down in broad daylight on April 4, 1968 while in support of the union struggle of the sanitation workers for decent wages. Rather than an act of hate, Kings murder was an act of state. Jowers and waitresses from that era testified that much of the planning for the murder had taken place at Jowers' restaurant. They gave testimony that persuaded the American jury that there was a “conspiracy” to execute Dr King. William Pepper later wrote a book about the trial and the lack of fair, or even any, media coverage in wake of their stunning victory. It was an amazing media black-out of the news! His book bears the same title as this song, “An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King”.
William Pepper gave this enthusiastic endorsement of the song: ""Vic, thank you for taking the time to put some important history into a ballad. This, of course, is the role of the Balladeer without whom much of history would be lost, especially in our time with the consolidation of control of the mainstream media. I am grateful." Bill Pepper
An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King
William Pepper was a young man when he first met Dr. King
Who read his war reporting on Viet children suffering (1 Ramparts magazine 1967)
Martin asked young William Pepper to speak about the war
To come to his congregation. And they were friends forevermore…
Then William went to law school to put his talents to the task
To fight for social justice! To answer questions we must ask!
It was April 4, 1968 when Martin Luther King
Was murdered in the broad day light… It was a devastating thing!
There was a mighty “Rush to Judgment” (2 Mark Lane on JFK)…To blame it on James Earl Ray
There was agreement in the government to tell the media what to say
The media called it “a crime of hate”… A “lone-nut” simple thing…
Now we know it was “An Act of State” (3 Book by William Pepper), the execution of Dr. King
James Earl Ray was just a patsy, an escaped prisoner for sure…
With a top security identity for the whole 9 months before…
Some rogues within the government shielded James as “Eric Galt”
Gave him a car and a license to secure him ‘til assault…
To protect this petty criminal… To put the patsy into place
His handler sent him to Memphis where like a pawn he showed his face
Well, Martin marched for Civil Rights! And he stood against all war!
He spoke for truth and justice, and non-violence. That’s for sure!
When Martin stood with the workers… in solidarity with the poor…
That high class oligarchy hated Martin. That’s for sure!
Earl Clark was one of the Memphis cops meeting at Loyd Jowers Grill
Across from the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was killed
Two military snipers teams would have also fired
If the police team from Memphis failed to do what was required
Next day cops cleaned the crime scene… Hauled the brush and the proof away
They avoided all the witnesses that might have some truth to say
Too many unanswered questions still blowin’ in the wind
In a murder investigation so deliberately ruined
Too many disturbing answers still came out in the trial
Enough to prove conspiracy to a nation in denial
Six white and six black jurors unanimously agreed
The facts presented at the trial proved who really did the deed
Yes, it all came out in the trial that in ’99 they won!
When the government was convicted of the conspiracy they’d done
William Pepper was the lawyer who won the case in court
But when he went to the press conference no reporters came to report
So here’s to William Pepper! The King Family, brave and wise!
For standing for the truth for us! For overcoming all the lies!
William Pepper, keep on struggling! You know you’re following…
The teachings and the vision, and the dream of Dr. King!
William Pepper wrote a book about the trial and everything…
An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King (3)
Copyright August 12, 2009 Victor Rene Sadot, BMI, Orbian Love Music