What The 1968 Kansas City Uprisings Have In Common With This Year's Black Lives Matter Protests
The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the police killing of George Floyd were just the spark for subsequent protests. Though 52 years passed between the two deaths, there has been little change in the systemic racism contributing to the outrage.
An examination of the unrest on the day of Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral in 1968, and in the wake of this year's police killing of George Floyd. The death of each man was just the spark for protests that followed, fueled by decades of racial inequity.
- Rebecca Davis, associate teaching professor of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City