On the day of dr martin luther kings assassination

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On the day of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, April 4, 1968, my grandmother said that she was on her way to school; her mother and father made her turn around and stay home because it was dangerous to be out under these conditions. They knew that a white person might say something ignorant or try to do something to
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Je’Lyn Batey 10-9-16 History 106-11 Family History Paper her, but because she didn’t know much about the movement, she left the situation alone and obeyed her parents. Living in West Virginia during the Civil Rights era, she said that blacks lived on one side of town and whites lived on the other and they kept their distance from each other; the only reason black people went on the white side of town was for school. The black children knew better to not cross that line because their parents instilled in them that the white people hated them because of their shade of skin. During this time in history, there was another black activist known as Malcolm X who advocated for black people to fight back against the white people instead of peaceful protest; he strongly disagreed with Dr.King and belittled his movement several times. I asked Ms.Terry, “Did you agree with Dr.King’s non-violence movement? Or did you agree with Malcolm X’s “eye for an eye” concept?” Her response was, “No, because if you hit me, I’m going to hit you back and I’m going to win.” She agreed with Malcolm X more than Dr.King because she was raised to not let people treat you with disrespect, no matter who it is. Ms.Terry believed that after the death of Dr.King, it impacted her as an individual and the nation as whole, because she found out more about Dr.King and his goals for black people. She said that the riots that occurred also impacted the nation positively and negatively on black people because the police and other government
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