Dr. King & The Pursuit of Happiness

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated (6:01 p.m. April 4, 1968), he and his team was in Memphis to support black sanitation workers. The struggle for economic equality, a transition from the campaigns that the world had come to know from the leader of the civil rights movement. The civil rights movement more than a decade before Dr. King’s assassination, enjoyed a series of hard fought battles.  The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, …

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Viola Was Murdered

The call went out. Volunteers were needed. The march from Selma, Alabama to the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery was going to be attempted again. People black and white traveled to the area from everywhere to assist in the event. Living in Detroit at the time with her husband and five children, Viola decided to drive to Alabama and volunteer, it took three days to drive to Selma in her Oldsmobile. Viola Liuzzo saw the way …

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The Orangeburg Massacre

Before the unarmed student protesters were killed at Kent State in 1970,  also before two black men were killed at Jackson State in Mississippi days later, and before Dr. King’s assassination in April of 1968, there was South Carolina’s own version of excessive force by law enforcement and the killing of unarmed black youth. Idealistic protesters determined to make a point and highlight the segregation or more correctly, the banning of black people from a …

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