Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1958 stabbing recalled 60 years later at emotional Harlem event

September 21, 2018

Among the many roles Harlem played in the rich history of America was saving the life of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. in 1958, when the minister was stabbed in an uptown department store.

Before he won a Nobel Peace Prize or helped secure voting and civil rights for African-Americans, or outlined his dream for a multicultural society, or condemned the war in Vietnam or marched for striking sanitation workers, King, just 29, was nearly killed by a “demented” black woman — Izola Curry, who plunged a letter opener in his chest while he was signing copies of a book he had written about the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Source: The Daily News