Timeline: Martin Luther King Jr.

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Timeline: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Part IV: New Directions for Civil Rights
by David Johnson

Mid-1960s196619671968Next: The Legacy
Mid-1960s
King's growing opposition to the Vietnam War angers President Johnson, prompts many white activists to switch to anti-war activities.
1966
Growing popularity of the black power movement, blacks stressing self-reliance and self-defense, indicates King's influence was declining, especially among young blacks.

King turns toward economic issues; SCLC moves civil rights struggle to the North; opens Chicago office to organize protests against housing and employment discrimination.
1967
King plans Poor People's Campaign; advocates redistribution of wealth to eradicate black poverty.

Publishes Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?
1968
King is assassinated in Memphis, during visit to support striking black garbage collectors; violent riots erupt in more than 100 U.S. cities.
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