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U.S. History Topics » Movements » Civil Rights

Court Documents Related to Martin Luther King, Jr., and Memphis Sanitation Workers

provides fliers and other documents related to the demonstration in Memphis on March 28, 1968. On that day, students near the end of the march broke windows of businesses. Looting ensued. The march was halted. King was deeply distressed by the violence. He and fellow leaders negotiated a commitment to nonviolence among disagreeing factions in Memphis, and another march was planned for April 8. On April 4, as he stepped out of his motel room to go to dinner, he was assassinated. (National Archives and Records Administration)

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In the later 1960s, the targets of King's activism were less often the legal and political obstacles to the exercise of civil rights by blacks, and more often the underlying poverty, unemployment, lack of education, and blocked avenues of economic opportunity confronting black Americans.
Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Betsy G. Reyneau.  National Archives and Records Administration, Donated Collections, Record Group 200.

Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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