Archiving Angeles (AA): 30 Years of Continuing the Dream

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“I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I’ve seen the promised land.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was in Memphis, Tennessee to lead a march of sanitation workers protesting against low wages and poor working conditions. His assassination led to riots in cities throughout the United States, and fueled the fires of freedom for generations to come.

In Los Angeles, memorial services were held from the First Methodist Church at 8th and Hill to the Coliseum.

The year was 1968.

Photo from the Los Angeles Public Library

3 Replies to “Archiving Angeles (AA): 30 Years of Continuing the Dream”

  1. Incredibly moving photo. I’m going to a “Martin Luther King Special Gospel Shabbat” (in collaboration with the Word Center Church of Los Angeles) tonight at my temple. Will report back on how it is.

  2. Jason, I love these AA posts. The pictures you find are all so beautiful in their own unique way. This pic on one level shows such human grief and emotion. But on the other hand I can’t help but be reminded of a time when there was no internet or 24 hour info-tainment network, and you relied on the evening edition of the Herald Examiner for your breaking news.

  3. Thanks, Helen and Fred. It’s funny how little I used to pay attention to history when I was in school. It wasn’t until I moved to L.A. that I started to fully appreciate it. I’m still amazed by how much you can learn from one old photo.

    Hopefully, we’ll inspire a whole new generation with the idea that Los Angeles does have a pretty unique history. As big and unforgiving as this city can be, anything is possible.

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