December 5, 2022

On Aug. 11, the day before his mental health test kicked off, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was up at 4 a.m. training for what was to be his final stand against racism and injustice. As he prepared to lead the way on the march toward justice, King realized he needed a special bag of support that wouldn’t interfere with his routine. The organizers of an anti-war protest camp — meaning people who wanted to protest war but weren’t members of any particular group — had put together a nice surprise: A specially equipped vehicle equipped with a giant inflatable tank, a bomb-resistant floor, and some cumbersome safety measures that required extra help from King and crew members to get through. It was called the Amalahippe Boat, made by Italian company Amalaric in partnership with Retrosheet Media and Supply Corp, and it would help civilians prepare for and participate in peace protests in far-flung places like New York, Berlin, London and Amsterdam.

That night before the test, King was already planning his strategy for the day.

In the early evening of the day before his mental health test, King was in his hotel room in New York City preparing for the morning’s meeting with the New York Civil Liberties Union (CLU) about his plan to protest war. As he was about to go to sleep, he had an idea: To use the Amalahippe boat as his own personal “light saber” to help people prepare for and participate in peaceful protests in far-flung places like New York, Berlin, London and Amsterdam.

Day 1 of the Amalahippe experiment

The day before his mental health test kicked off, King was up at 4 a.m. training for what was to be his final stand against racism and injustice. As he prepared to lead the way on the march toward justice, King realized he needed a special bag of support that wouldn’t interfere with his routine. The organizers of an anti-war protest camp — meaning people who wanted to protest war but weren’t members of any particular group — had put together a nice surprise: A specially equipped vehicle equipped with a giant inflatable tank, a bomb-proof floor, and some cumbersome safety measures thatrequired extra help from King and crew members to get through. It was called the Amalahippe Boat, made by Italian company Amalaric in partnership with Retrosheet Media and Supply Corp, and it would help civilians prepare for and participate in peace protests in far-flung places like New York, Berlin, London and Amsterdam.