The Madeleine Brand Show for June 18, 2012

Remembering Rodney King

Rodney King speaks with fans before pres

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Rodney King speaks with fans before presenting his autobiographical book 'The Riot Within...My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption' at the Eso Won Book Store in L.A. on April 30, 2012.

Today we remember Rodney King. He was found dead yesterday in his pool at his home in Rialto at age 47. An autopsy is scheduled for today and police are treating the death as an accidental drowning.

King will always be remembered by his famous plea for peace during the 1992 riots saying, "Can't we all just get along?"

In a recent interview, KPCC's Patt Morrison asked him about those words and their lasting impact:

"Those good words, those good words they'll always remember you by those good words," King said. "That's how it makes me feel, it makes me feel like I left my country with something to think about, after I'm dead and gone: can't we all just get along?"

Rodney King's civil rights attorney Connie Rice joins the show to discuss his life and legacy.

Guest:

Connie Rice is a Co-director of the Advancement Project and a member of the board at Southern California Public Radio.

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