50 Years Ago Today

His work was done, so God called him home.

1968 was not for sissies.

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34 Responses to 50 Years Ago Today

  1. DandyTIger says:

    That was a rough year. I was but a wee thing, but it had big effect. The dream of a world where color doesn’t matter is still in many of us. I thought that dream was alive amongst liberals, but sadly to them color is the only thing that matters.

    • lyn says:

      I was 10, and remember both assassinations.

    • lateblum says:

      I could not have imagined a worse year. It is so clear in my memory. I was recently out of college and working in the north Loop. Faces at work were grim at best. The assassination of MLK happened days before a farewell party that was being held for a co-worker who was leaving for the Marines. The night of the farewell the city was on fire from the riots and it seemed nowhere was safe. It wasn’t safe to be black – or white then. And that was just the start. Kennedy’s death was only 2 months off. The Dem convention was just months later. Chicago was hell; it smelled of fire and rage and effing Billy Ayers and his crew and the police and Richard Daley’s machine. The rage and violence – who could have imagined it. It was definitely NOT for sissies.
      I was filled with sadness, anger, fear. No one could predict what might happen next. What a dire and out of control world it was.

    • elliesmom says:

      I was in high school and into the blossoming women’s movement. That was the year we protested the Miss America Pageant. I lost my first friends to the Vietnam that year. When Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were shot, honestly, I was already numb.

  2. 49erDweet says:

    That man could PREACH IT!!!!

  3. helenk3 says:

    I was pregnant with my son. Between Bobby Kennedy and MLK it was a really unforgettable year. The day MLK was killed I was working in a building between two Bell Telephone buildings. They did not fly the flag at half mast and there was a march to protest that. We were sent home early but still I had to walk in traffic to avoid the march. Two men that wanted the best for this country. What would they think of today’s America? The division between people, the mistrust that has been earned by our government. That year was a turning point, but I do not think we realized it at the time.

  4. swanspirit says:

    Godammit. Remembering that year can still bring me to the brink of tears. It was so damn unfair.

  5. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Douchebags gotta douchebag.

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    This is cool:

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  15. Just Kell says:

    “…the mountaintop”?
    That’s what the VERY married REV called his white girlfriends?
    I never knew…hmmmph!

  16. DeniseVB says:

    The Paramount Channel (former Spike TV) had a tribute to MLK last night. ***Boinn, g*** Shaun White showed up as a **contributer** ….dear lawd, flipped that channel so fast I was spinning with the Dr. King’s grave with him.

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