Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the evening of April 4, 1968 while exiting his hotel room. The news of King’s assassination left the African-American community shocked, disappointed and outraged. The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. triggered various responses from the black and white communities. The black community’s main response was widespread violence throughout the United States, resulting in demises and military involvement, while a few decided to hold peaceful protests in King’s memory. Many in the white community celebrated, while others feared for their lives.
Post World War I Oklahoma had a racially and politically tense atmosphere around the 20th century, lynchings were a part of a continuing effort by whites to assert and maintain white supremacy (“Tulsa Race”). The race riot was one of the worst urban racial conflicts in history, In 1921 an estimated 50 dead, hundreds injured, and more 1,000 owned homes and businesses destroyed by whites against blacks (Christensen). The commercial section of greenwood which included 191 businesses, a Jr high school, and churches and the only hospital were destroyed (“Tulsa Race”). The Tulsa Tribune reported that Dick Rowland had attempted to rape Sarah Page according to the eye witnesses, there had been talk of lynching the following evening (Ellsworth). The Tulsa Tribune which was one of two white papers in Tulsa describing the alleged incident with the headline “Nab negro for attacking girl in an elevator”, the tribune also included an
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Tragically, at the young age of thirty-nine years old, a great man was murdered by a known racist who was a career criminal. Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. was a well-known civil rights leader who had come to Memphis, Tennessee to support a sanitation workers’ strike and gave his last speech on the night of April 3, 1968, at Mason Temple Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Unfortunately, the next day at 6:00 p.m. Doctor Martin Luther would be murdered by a single shot on the balcony of his hotel room ("Martin Luther King Jr Assassination - Black History - HISTORY.com", 2010). James Earl Ray was serving time for armed robbery when he escaped from the Missouri State Prison a year before the assassination.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in the evening of April 4, 1968 while exiting his hotel room. The news of King’s assassination left the African-American community shocked, disappointed and outraged. The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. triggered various responses from the black and white communities. The black community’s main response was wide spread violence throughout the United States resulting in demises and military involvement, while a few decided to hold peaceful protests in King’s memory. Many in the white community celebrated, while others feared for their lives.
The death of the 39 year-old civil rights leader sent shock waves throughout much of the city and the nation. His death enraged the nation’s black society, triggering riots in major cities. Some people said that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was a “nonviolent man who drew violence to himself.” Later on in 1968 the blacks were gaining more and more attention.
The story of the My Lai incident portrays the insanity and the psychological effects that a given situation had on once normal men. It wasn't clear what to do with any civilians who might be encountered at My Lai, on March 16, 1968. On this day Captain Ernest Medina ordered Charlie Company, a unit of the US Eleventh Light Infantry Brigade, into combat. After Medina's orders 150 men led by Lt. William Calley raided the village and four hours later over 500 civilians were dead. These civilians consisted of elderly people, children, and women.
Typical stereotypes are serial killers are all white males, loners, and that there crimes are driven by sex. However, through the capture of these individuals we have found said stereotypes incorrect. One of the most interesting cases being of the Beltway sniper attacks. The Beltway sniper attacks were a series of shootings that took place over three weeks in October 2002 in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. These were terribly gruesome murders that left ten dead, three critically wounded including pedestrians, motorists pumping gas, shoppers, a schoolboy, and a bus driver.
He was shot and killed on his trip to support a sanitation workers strike. His death effected so many people that there were many riots all over the country. President Johnson declared a national mourning day. His killer was James Earl Ray. He was an escaped convicted and was known as a racist against African Americans.
The Miami Herald titled their paper with, "KENNEDY DEAD". The reaction to this young presidents death was incredible, In streets all over the world people were crying, churches all over held special observances and media sources provided minute by minute updates. The death of the president was news which still leaves grim thoughts in peoples minds of when someone they knew informed them of this tragedy that will go down in America's history books as one of the saddest and hopeless days ever-November 22nd 1963. As the presidential limousine passed the depository in Dealey Plaza and continued down Elm Street, shots were fired at Kennedy; the majority of the witnesses recall hearing three shots fired. A shot entered his upper back, penetrated his neck, and exited his throat.