King on the Avenue

Produced by: 
People’s Emergency Center Community Development Corporation
Year: 
2009
Duration: 
8 min 54 sec

This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.4 compilation DVD.

On August 3, 1965, in the midst of wide-spread freedom struggles in the Northern cities, a crowd of 10,000 people gathered at the intersection of 40th and Lancaster to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hail the Civil Rights movements across the country. Forty years since that speech, residents tell tales of “The Strip” and how King’s visit eased racial tensions along the Avenue.