Assassination on April 4, 1968 in Memphis
By Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
Leola and I were married in Coweta County, GA three months after the assassination of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. in Memphis, TN. I had already vowed to forever be involved in the Human Rights Movement. On Aril 4, 1968 I told her that I was going to law school and, my intention, ultimately, was to take the United States to the World Court.
My father, Rev. Alton H. Maddox, Sr. conducted our marital ceremony in our home. I wanted my first cousin, William J. Loftin to be the best man. He was a member of the Cincinnati, Ohio Police Department. He was, later killed, while on duty, in a staged ambush. My Aunt Nellie opposed the death penalty. The “fall guy” was Black.
In 1968, I started “night law school” in Atlanta, GA. Since most Blacks have no background in law, I would use a “night law school” as an “orientation course.” President Abraham Lincoln “freed the slaves,” absent an “orientation course.” Without an orientation course, “chattel slaves” are still bound to their masters.
Although I greatly admired Charles Hamilton Houston, I wanted to be Malcolm X in Harlem. I went to Reynolds, GA to study Malcolm. I became a keynote speaker at a local Baptist church in Reynolds, GA. I was also inspired by Hon. Elijah Muhammad of Sandersville, GA.
It was not easy to be a Malcolm X or a Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. in the 1960’s. It was like being a Nat Turner on the plantation in the antebellum South. These men enjoyed no death benefits. Even though Blacks may have loved Turner, they could ill-afford to leave the slavemaster and the plantation.
I refused to cut any corners in the homegoing services and burial expenses for Leola W. Maddox. The costs were approximately Sixteen Thousand Dollars ($16,000.00). Leola never sought to enjoy the accoutrem
The balance due to Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home is Thirty-two Hundred Twenty-three dollars and twenty-one cents. ($3,223.21). I still also intend to defray clean-up costs and miscellaneous costs for the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Leola’s “Celebration of Life” on April 3, 2017 was a powerful statement.
On April 3, I wrote a post-dated check made payable to Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home in Newnan, GA in the above-mentioned balance. The check was dated April 6, 2017. I had fun out of money. My intention now is to have the funds by April 10, 2017.
Any support would be greatly appreciated. Donations (check or money order) made payable to Alton H. Maddox, Jr. can be sent to:
Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
P.O. Box 35
Bronx, NY 10471