MLK remembered on anniversary of Harlem stabbing that nearly killed him and the movement a decade before he was assassinated
It’s a progressive medical school now, doing innovative research on dementia and immunology, but the spot where Harlem’s Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine stands was once home to a bustling department store where a movement almost died.
It happened that fast, in the time it takes to click a ballpoint pen. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was signing copies of his first book, “Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story,” on 125th St., in what was then Blumstein’s department store. It was there that a mentally ill black woman, Izola Curry, stepped up to his table and plunged a 7-inch, ivory-handled steel letter opener into the minister’s chest.