The First Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
posted by Gerard Magliocca
This is not exactly a legal post, but I was thinking the other day about Izola Curry. Who is Izola Curry? She was an African-American women who nearly killed Martin Luther King Jr. in 1958. King was at a store in Harlem signing some books, when Curry approached and stabbed him in the chest with a letter opener. She came within an inch of puncturing his heart, which would have killed him. This is one of the great “What Ifs” of American history. Who knows whether the Civil Rights Movement would have succeeded, especially as a non-violent effort, if King had died then.
Curry was judged incompetent to stand trial and sent to an insane asylum. Now here is the strange thing. If you look at her Wikipedia page, it says that she is still alive. If that’s correct, she would be 97. I don’t know if that is correct, but I see nothing else discussing her since her arrest and commitment. I’d be curious if anyone knows what happened to her.