great obstacle to overcome.
accompanied by twenty five fellow students. By the next week their sit down had been repeated in
marched into the first capital of the Confederate states to sing and pray. Six hundred students
exhibited phrases like “We Want Liberty” and “Segregation is Dead.” By late June some kind of
public place in over one hundred and fifty different cities across America had been desegregated.
hatred and his motto was; “If ballots won’t work, bullets will.” Malcolm X was a former pimp,
bright Sunday in a ballroom in Manhattan in full view of 400 blacks Malcolm was murdered.
Three men casually walked down the aisle; and from eight feet opened fire with sawed-off double
barreled shotguns. Malcolm was killed by a pair of point blank range shots to the chest.
On March 12, 1965, U.S. Highway 80 was blocked by sixty state troopers who stood in a
black marchers came within 100 yards the troopers were ordered to put on their gas masks. At
twenty five yards the marchers stopped. Seconds later the command “troopers forward” was
barked. The troopers moved in a solid wall pushing back the front marchers. At 75 yards the
troopers were joined by posse men and deputies with tear gas canisters, in seconds the road was
thousand people marched in five different cities across the country.
agents. The goal of the march was to serve the governor with a petition protesting voter
discrimination. When the crowd reached the capital the governor reneged and blandly told them
“the capitol is closed today.”
were 27 dead, almost 600 injured, 1,700 arrested, and over $100 million dollars worth of property
damage. The riots were finally stopped when 5,000 national guardsmen were called in from
wave that was hitting Los Angels and others blame it on the irritation of the urban blacks because
of their isolation and poverty.
By the end of 1966 the federal government was getting fed up with the lack of obedience
decided to take action and cut off all federal funding to six more districts bringing the total to 37
southern schools without funding. Though losing funding many schools were still segregating
students. In Louisiana only 1 in 28 black students attended school with whites, 1 in 31 in
Mississippi, and only 1 in 42 in Alabama.
The Los Angeles ghetto of Watts plunged into anarchy in 1965 after a black man named
Marquette Frye was arrested for drunk driving. After six days of rioting ended a total of 35 were
Newark, New Jersey some of the most violent race riots broke out after a black cab driver was
killed by white policemen. At the end of the week there were 21 dead, over 1,000 injured, and at
least 1,600 arrested. Property damage was once again in the high millions. By 1967 forty five
were dead and property damage was up to almost one billion dollars. During the summer of 1967
riots intensified in Detroit. By the end of one week 41 were dead, 350 injured, 3,800 arrested,
5,000 homeless (mostly blacks), 1,300 buildings completely destroyed, and 2,700 businesses
ransacked. Property damage reached an astonishing $500 million dollars.
In response to the shot, some thirty Memphis police converged on the building. Somehow,
scope- sighted 30.06 cal. Remington pump rifle. The range from which the shot was taken was a
short 205 feet. After King’s murder, rioting took place in scores of cities around the country.