Events Following the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ca. 1968

Events Following the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ca. 1968

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The assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968, ignited a series of riots and protests throughout the nation. That evening, Robert F. Kennedy delivered a speech from a street corner in Indianapolis urging peace and calmness. On April 5 President Lyndon B. Johnson broadcast a radio address that declared April 7 a national day of mourning and called for an emergency meeting of Congress to discuss strategies for combating racial inequality. On April 8 Ralph Abernathy and Coretta Scott King led the march-the beginning of the Poor People's Campaign - that King came to Memphis to lead. The next day King's funeral was held in Atlanta, Georgia, where 100,000 people gathered to mourn his death. Eighteen years after his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday was declared a national holiday.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : , WPA Film Library, , [1968]
Copyright Date: ©1968
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (1 min., 13 sec.)) : sound
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Additional Contributors: Films Media Group
WPA Film Library


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