King Assassination Riots
Updated: 6/15/2020
King Assassination Riots
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  • On April 4th, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot in the head by James Earl Ray in Memphis TN at the Lorraine Motel. He died at St. Joseph's Hospital at 7:05.
  • This sparked nationwide outrage and grief, particularly from the black community. They took to the streets in hoards to protest and riot. Some called it the greatest civil unrest since the US Civil War. Click To Edit Help Insert ParagraphUndoes the last commandRedoes the last commandTabUntabSet a bold styleSet a italic styleSet a underline styleSet a strikethrough styleClean a styleSet left alignSet center alignSet right alignSet full alignToggle unordered listToggle ordered listOutdent on current paragraphIndent on current paragraphChange current block's format as a paragraph(P tag)Change current block's format as H1Change current block's format as H2Change current block's format as H3Change current block's format as H4Change current block's format as H5Change current block's format as H6Insert horizontal rulelinkDialog.show Summernote 0.8.11 · Project · Issues
  • In cities like New York and Indianapolis, riots were avoided with speeches from political leaders, such as Mayor John Lindsay and Robert Kennedy. In Boston, riots are believed to have been avoided by a James Brown concert. In LA, the police and citizens did not want a repeat of the 1965 riots, so many memorials were erected instead.
  • But throughout the country, most riots could not be avoided. The most notable of the riots took place in Washington D.C, Baltimore, Chicago, Kansas City, Detroit, NYC, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Trenton, Wilmington, and Louisville.
  • Dozens were killed and thousands were injured in the protests. Towns were destroyed, and it was viewed as a turning point for separatist ideas. Many Republicans used these events to promote their law and order campaign, which in turn led to many more joining the black power movement. In wake of the protest, a fair housing bill Dr. King had advocated for was passed by a large margin in Congress.  Click To EditDozens were killed and thousands were injured in the protests. Towns were destroyed, and it was viewed as a turning point for separatist ideas. Many Republicans used these In wake of the protest, a fair housing bill Dr. King had advocated for was passed by a large margin in Congress.  Help Insert ParagraphUndoes the last commandRedoes the last commandTabUntabSet a bold styleSet a italic styleSet a underline styleSet a strikethrough styleClean a styleSet left alignSet center alignSet right alignSet full alignToggle unordered listToggle ordered listOutdent on current paragraphIndent on current paragraphChange current block's format as a paragraph(P tag)Change current block's format as H1Change current block's format as H2Change current block's format as H3Change current block's format as H4Change current block's format as H5Change current block's format as H6Insert horizontal rulelinkDialog.show Summernote 0.8.11 · Project · Issues
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was buried at South View Cemetery on April 9th, 1968 with his family in attendance
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