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My memory of what I was doing on the day Martin Luther King was murdered forty years ago today is vivid. I was going to college at California State University Northridge, back then known as Valley State College.
I was a member of the Students for a Democratic Society, an organization opposed to racism, the Vietnam War and the for what we called Participatory Democracy.
I have been involved in progressive movements throughout my life and for a long time, was not the one who gave the speeches. I did the grass-roots PR work and logistical organization for the events I was involved with.
The outrage that was felt when Martin Luther King was killed is hard to describe for those who did not live in that era. People these days are relatively jaded compared to the raw innocence of the young movement that I was a part of in the Sixties.
I stayed up late and got up early putting together a public memorial to Dr. King that was held in the open forum area of our school. Over 4000 showed up at the memorial.
Later that Spring of 1968, Bobby Kennedy came to speak at the same forum. It was not long that he was gone too.
Note: Photo is San Fernando Valley State College from the Ovaett Library Digital collections