The 1968 Chicago riots were sparked by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968 . Violence and chaos followed, with blacks flooding out onto the streets of major cities. Soon riots began, primarily in black urban areas.[ Over 100 major U.S. cities experienced disturbances, resulting in roughly $50 million in damages. Rioters and police in Chicago were particularly aggressive, and the damage was particularly severe.
A black and white photograph of a black male teenager being held by his sweater by a Birmingham policeman and being charged by the officer's leashed German Shepard while another police officer with a dog and a crowd of black bystanders in the background look on
Link takes you to an interview from Rev. George Turks, who witnessed the Memphis Sanitation worker's strike. One of my favorite orations of all is the speech Martin Luther King gave in support of the marchers the night before he was killed. “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life--longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now… I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised…
White men pose around black man lynched & burned in OK during “Red Summer,” 1919 | Red Summer was marked by hundreds of deaths & higher casualties across the US as a result of race riots that occurred in more than 3 dozen cities & 1 rural county. In most instances, whites attacked blacks. In some cases many black people fought back, notably in Chicago. The riots resulted from a variety of postwar social tensions & competition for jobs and housing among white & black people.
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. sits in a jail cell at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama. October 1967. During an earlier arrest King wrote his famous (Photo Credit: Bettman/Corbis) from MLK Photo Gallery see more here http://www.history.com/photos/martin-luther-king-jr/
Children playing in De Frees Alley, N.E. Washington, D.C., near Capitol building. One basement room rents for nine dollars a month; two rooms upstairs for sixteen dollars; one bath and cold water in the hall for entire building