Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination

April 4, 2018

[Alexandria, VA] Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. raised the consciousness of Americans and the world. He led a nation to look at itself with the same regard it gave to others in condemning crimes against humanity, recognizing that we were guilty of committing heinous acts of violence and subjugation under the auspices of Jim Crow, red lining, restrictive covenants and school segregation. Dr. King though angry with the status quo led a movement of peace and reconciliation.

On this 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) encourages everyone to remember Dr. King not only for his oratory skill and larger-than-life persona but for his courage, determination and never-ending fight for justice. As Dr. King dreamed of a more equitable America for people of color, he fully recognized the road leading to that dream's realization would be long, arduous and filled with setbacks yet he treaded on in the face of uncertainty and ultimately death.

"Citizens across this nation and world including activists, elected officials, members of the law enforcement community, students, and clergy, are charged with commemorating Dr. King's legacy by carrying the torch he lit long ago and marching ahead in advocacy and love until true equity is reached", stated Clarence E. Cox, III, NOBLE National President.

All NOBLE members and stakeholders are asked today to observe a moment of silence for 39 seconds (Dr. King was assassinated at the age of 39) at 6:05 pm local time.

About the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives 
Since 1976, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) has served as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. NOBLE represents over 3,000 members internationally, who are primarily African-American chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county and municipal levels, other law enforcement administrators, and criminal justice practitioners. For more information, visit


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