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Woman Who Stabbed MLK in 1958 Dies

Joseph Stepansky | N.Y. Daily News   in  ·
March 17, 2015

Woman who stabbed Martin Luther King in 1958 dies aged 98

The woman who stabbed the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. more than a half-century ago in a failed assassination attempt has died.

Izola Ware Curry, 98, died at Hillside Manor nursing home in Queens on March 7, The Smoking Gun reported.

Curry, then 42, plunged a letter opener into the civil rights leader’s chest during a 1958 Harlem book signing. King, 39, was assassinated a decade later in Memphis. During a speech the day before he died, King referred to his stabbing.


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