The Civil Rights struggle has gotten this treatment in particular. Its now been ossified as a series of marches and sit-ins which led to the overturning of the most glaring US racial inequalities, and which culminated in the the martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr. With the riots following MLKs assassination, and the malaise following his death, “the movement” lost its hope, drive, and focus.

But Civil Rights was never just the monolith of angry Malcolm vs. peaceful Martin, and the history channel wants the population to forget that the “movement” was radicalized beyond what is generally understood.

In the 60’s therefore, the nation stood on the precipice of some kind of revolution. In many ways, the country experienced a civil war.

invaders

The INVADERS of Memphis were like an intellectual street gang with incredible style, who devoted themselves to justice and confronting white supremacy. A group or “gang” of organizers, they were on the front lines of the struggle in the South, and experienced extraordinary harassment, violence, and imprisonment. They conducted the last meeting with King at the Lorraine Motel before he was murdered, and yet their story is almost unknown.

THE INVADERS, a fast-moving re-telling with a funky soundtrack produced by King Khan and Jack Oblivian

 

Two soundtrack 7″ singles from King Khan and his band

on limited military marijuana green vinyl:

mixed and mastered by Nene Barratto (Movie Star Junkies)

 


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