The song is based upon the book of the same title by King family lawyer, William Pepper. The book tells the story of the trial that Pepper won on behalf of the King family in 1999 in a Memphis court where a jury of 6 black and 6 white jurors unanimously found Loyd Jowers and “unnamed government conspirators” guilty of murdering Martin Luther King. The King family had long determined that James Earl Ray was not the lone gunman in “an act of hate”, but rather a patsy in a conspiracy to decapitate the unifying justice movement that Dr King represented. Loyd Jowers was the owner of the restaurant across the street from the Lorraine Motel where MLK was gunned down in broad daylight while in support of the union struggle of the sanitation workers for decent wages. Rather than a simple act of hate, King’s murder was also “an act of state”.