Despite bone-chilling cold weather, the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Parade will take place in southeast D.C. on Monday.
The slain civil rights leader, whose birthday we celebrate Monday, led a well-documented life. But some of the less-known things he did make his story even more impressive.
The National Park Service is considering making changes that could affect future speeches, as well as special events on the grounds of the nation’s monuments and parks.
Many travelers to Montgomery, Alabama, will fly or drive through Atlanta and might consider adding the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to their itinerary. Here’s what to see.
Long-time WTOP Capitol Hill correspondent Dave McConnell and Federal News Radio senior correspondent Mike Causey share their memories of covering the unrest in D.C. in the aftermath of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mount Joy Soul Saving Station, a tiny storefront church in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood, survived the 1968 riots. But it couldn’t withstand the wave of urban renewal that swept through the neighborhood afterward. Pastor Hattie Bynum didn’t give up hope.
More than store windows were shattered in the unrest of 1968. Some families have been struggling to pick up the pieces even half a century after the riots roiled D.C. Vincent Lawson, a 15-year-old Northeast boy, vanished the second day of the riots. His sister describes the search for her brother and its tragic end. All told, 13 people died as a result of the riots, including two people who were never identified. This story is part of the series, “DC Uprising: Voices from the 1968 Riots.”
On the 50th anniversary of his assassination, visitors to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial are reflecting on the state of his fight for equality and civil rights.
Ben’s Chili Bowl, which has anchored D.C.’s famed U Street for 60 years, sat in the heart of an area that would be ravaged by rioting after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. But Ben’s survived the riots and the long years of decline in the 1970s and 1980s. Virginia Ali, now 84, who started the restaurant with her husband tells Ben’s story as part of the series “DC Uprising: Voices from the 1968 Riots.”
On the second night of the unrest following Dr. King’s assassination, Rufus Mayfield, a community activist, and co-founder of the organization Pride Inc., was out on the streets of D.C. to calm tension. He would witness a police officer fatally shoot a 15-year-old boy. But months later, it would be Mayfield who would go on trial. This story is part of the series, “DC Uprising: Voices from the 1968 Riots.”
Civil rights leaders are reviving an economic justice campaign that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was planning when he was killed 50 years ago.
Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped out on a hotel balcony in Memphis and was felled by an assassin’s bullet. The killing sparked unrest in the nation’s capital and hundreds of cities nationwide. Track how the aftermath of King’s killing played out on the streets of D.C. with this timeline, which is part of the series, “DC Uprising: Voices from the 1968 Riots.”
The D.C. Fire Department responded to more than 1,000 fires during the most intense four days and nights of disturbances that rocked Washington in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The D.C. police department — 80 percent white in a town still bitterly divided by race — found itself outnumbered. Here’s how authorities responded to the chaos. This story is part of the series, “DC Uprising: Voices from the 1968 Riots.”
It’s been 50 years since the 1968 D.C. riots, in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, a chaotic event that exposed the deep racial fissures in the city’s social fabric, caused millions of dollars of damage, ravaged neighborhoods and led to 13 lost lives. Listen to what happened in the voices of people who experienced it. This oral history is part of the series, “DC Uprising: Voices from the 1968 Riots.
It’s been 50 years since the 1968 D.C. riots, in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King — a chaotic event that exposed the deep racial fissures in the city’s social fabric, caused millions of dollars of damage, ravaged neighborhoods and led to 13 lost lives. This is what happened and how it shaped the Washington, D.C., we know today. This is the first part of the series, “DC Uprising: Voices from the 1968 Riots.”
The three-part series "The making of Marion Barry" looks at how the future mayor got his start in the civil rights movement, how he became a power player in the city and his enduring legacy.