Timeline: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Part IV: New Directions for Civil Rights

by David Johnson
Mid-1960s 1966 1967 1968 Next: The Legacy

King's growing opposition to the Vietnam War angers President Johnson, prompts many white activists to switch to anti-war activities.


Growing popularity of the black power movement, blacks stressing self-reliance and self-defense, indicates King's influence was declining, especially among young blacks.

King turns toward economic issues; SCLC moves civil rights struggle to the North; opens Chicago office to organize protests against housing and employment discrimination.


King plans Poor People's Campaign; advocates redistribution of wealth to eradicate black poverty.

Publishes Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?


King is assassinated in Memphis, during visit to support striking black garbage collectors; violent riots erupt in more than 100 U.S. cities.

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