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King’s Death Felt In Spokane

When the news of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination hit Spokane on April 4, 1968, some lashed out in anger. “Windows Broken at 16 City Firms,” reported the Spokane Chronicle the next day. Rock-throwing vandals smashed shop windows along Third and Fifth avenues downtown. “It is unfortunate that a small group of people saw fit to copy the actions of small groups of people in other areas,” said police chief E.W. Parsons. Yet this reaction was mild compared with the riots that erupted in Memphis, Washington, D.C. and other cities. It was also mild compared to what was happening in Seattle, where a series of gasoline bombs caused 21 fires, or in Tacoma, where rioters started arson fires and looted shops/Jim Kershner, SR. More here.

Question: What were you doing when you heard about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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