With temperatures feeling close to zero degrees, many spectators wore several layers and held on tightly to hot drinks as the parade made its way through Southeast D.C. on Monday. See photos and video.
As the nation celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, what would have been his 90th birthday, it is also a time to remember the women who helped King propel the civil rights movement forward.
If not for two spontaneous, subtle, impeccably-timed acts, the iconic phrase “I Have a Dream” delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial may have never been spoken. Walk back through history and relive Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggles and accomplishments.
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.”
If you think about it, it’s really odd that we’re celebrating the death of Martin Luther King Jr.
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.”
Her visit to the museum is one of several events taking place this week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination, which is Wednesday.
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 teenage boy who was struck by a tour bus near the Tidal Basin almost a week ago has died Thursday, U.S. Park Police said.
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