Friday, April 4, 2008

40 Years Ago- Dr King was shot

1968 is recognized as being a pivotal year in the United States and the world. Forty years ago on April 4th The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot in Memphis Tennessee. We remember the fury and violence of the Democratic Convention in Chicago as it propelled us toward a tipping point in politics. As well as Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy was assassinated in June 1968. This time was tragic and galvanizing, truly as revolutionary as it felt. Oral history readers would enjoy the “1960s a Decade a Change” by the students of D.C. Everett High School in Western Wisconsin. Tom Brokaw has written “Boom: Voices of the Sixties” which profiles the time when Ike was in the White House till the Man was on the moon. His book is based on the History Channel’s show “1968”. Both items are available here at the library. Check out our lobby display case this month as we explore the events of that turbulent year that still affects the American landscape this year.

National Civil Rights Museum: This web site has an interactive tour of the museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The National Civil Rights Museum was built around the former Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

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