Did You Know? Three Decades in the Civil Rights Movement: From 1941 to 1972
As we countdown to Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday Jan. 19) we thought we’d present some Did You Know? facts about the Civil Rights Movement. Today is our 6th edition in our week long look at the civil rights struggle.
16) Did you know that in 1967, the first black justice, Thurgood Marshall, was appointed to the Supreme Court? Also in that year, race riots erupted in major cities like Detroit, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey. Simultaneously, the cities of Cleveland, Ohio and Gary, Indiana elected their first black mayors.
17) Did you know that on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee? The shot that rang out on the Memphis sky led to riots across the country and prompted many in the civil rights movement to adopt a change in their commitment to non-violence.
Stop by again tomorrow for our continuing look at the past 60 years of the civil rights movement and our countdown to Martin Luther King, J. Day.
And for those who don’t want to wait here is our full list of Did You Know? facts about the civil rights movement.