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Shocking the ConscienceA Reporter's Account of the Civil Rights Movement$
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Simeon Booker and Carol McCabe Booker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037894

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037894.001.0001

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Fighting On

Fighting On

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(p.265) 20 Fighting On
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Shocking the Conscience
Author(s):

Simeon Booker

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037894.003.0020

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.

Keywords:   blacks, Jet, Vietnam War, black soldiers, 101st Airborne, Lyndon B. Johnson, civil rights, riots, Martin Luther King Jr., assassination

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