In the 1960s, 14th and U was the pulsing center of black life in Washington. So when the first bricks went through store windows at a Peoples Drug store there after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Washington Star reporter Paul Delaney knew there was only one place to be. 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.
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.