Personal abuse, arrest, and the bombing of his home made clear the risks he would be taking if he continued to work with the movement for civil rights.
What threats did MLK face?
As early as the mid-1950s, King had received death threats because of his prominence in the civil rights movement. He had confronted the risk of death, including a nearly fatal stabbing in 1958, and made its recognition part of his philosophy. He taught that murder could not stop the struggle for equal rights.
Why Was Martin Luther King a threat?
King was identified as a target because the FBI believed that he could become a “messiah” who could unify black nationalists “should he abandon his supposed ‘obedience’ to ‘white liberal doctrines’ (nonviolence) and embrace black nationalism” (Senate Select Committee, 180).
Did MLK fear death?
As well as outward ones such as segregation, human persecution, and war. With ongoing fear of death threats to his family he admitted that he was tempted to carry a firearm, but he knew it was against his non-violent philosophy.
How many times was Martin Luther King shot?
King died as a result of one shot fired from in front of him.