Fifty Years Ago Today, July 12, 1964

July 11, 2014 

Negro Educator Slain by Gunfire

A Washington, D.C., Negro educator, driving from Fort Benning after completing two weeks Army Reserve training, was mysteriously shot to death as he and two companions drove through Georgia early Saturday morning.

Lt. Col. Lemuel A. Penn, 49, was killed by a shotgun blast from a passing auto about 10 miles northeast of Colbert in Madison County.

President Johnson called Gov. Carl E. Sanders to seek federal-state cooperation in the hunt for the killer.

GOP Platform

The Republican Platform Committee approved a slashing attack on the Johnson administration Saturday, accusing the Democrats of following a Munich-like foreign policy and provoking racial strife at home.

Dems Respond

John M. Bailey, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Saturday night, "The Goldwater-controlled Republican Platform Committee's report is an exercise in fantasy, conceived in a shadowland of fear and hate."

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