Forty-four years ago on April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN. Despite appeals for peace, race riots erupted in major cities across the country. As a result, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a series of Executive Orders and instructions for the deployment of military forces to control the civil disorder and restore law and order in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Memphis, and Washington, D.C.
Records Relating to Civil Disturbances, 1968 (RG 319 A1 1695; NND 57082; 1 box)
By Dr. Trichita Chestnut