In this chapter, the author recounts his coverage of the Vietnam War in 1965 and 1966. He recalls his firsthand look at how black soldiers were faring in the war, his particular interest in the 101st Airborne known as “Birdmen with Black Rifles,” President Lyndon B. Johnson’s attitude towards the war, the progress made by blacks in their civil rights struggle, and the riots that erupted in some 110 cities following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in April 1968.
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