Civil Rights in America

Friday, April 4, will be 46 years from the day that the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated at age 39 in Memphis, Tennessee. His death in 1968 shocked the nation. He packed many achievements into his relatively short life. Here is a four and half minute biography from the Biography Channel:

Dr. King visited San Francisco many times. On March 28, 1965, he delivered a sermon at Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill in the City. It was estimated that more than 5,000 people gathered both inside the cathedral and outside on the steps. On July 28, 1966 Dr. King gave an interview to our local CBS station, KPIX, about the civil unrest sweeping the country. Dr. King said that the violence was a reflection of the need for change in the whole society. He added,”… our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay.”

Newsman Walter Chronkite delivered the announcement of Dr. King’s assassination on the evening of April 4:

On April 5, thousands of people gathered in Civic Center. The flags in the City were lowered to half staff. San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto issued a proclamation that read in part, “…as Mayor of San Francisco, I am taking upon myself the opportunity of expressing the shock and numbness that have befallen our entire city caused by the loss of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Martin Luther King carried forth his crusade for brotherhood and peace among all men. Let us pray together that this country will harvest a reward of non-violence – the concept for which this humble and great American gave his life.”

Best wishes,