Today in History

  • In 1968, on this date, Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his final address at Bishop Charles J. Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. opened anti-segregation campaign in Birmingham. More than two thousand demonstrators, including King, were arrested before the campaign ended.
  • In 1950, Death of Carter G. Woodson (74), “father of Black history,” Washington, D.C.
  • April 3, 1962. In retaliation against a Black Boycott of downtown stores, the Birmingham,AL, City Commission voted not to pay the city’s $45,000 share of a $100,000 county program which supplied surplus food to the needy. More than 90 percent of the recipients of aid were Black. When the NAACP protested the Comission decision’s, Birmingham Mayor Arthur J Hanes dismissed their complaint as a”typical reaction from New York Socialist radiccals”

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