Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Chatham and Chicago in the 1968 Riots After the Assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Chatham was rocked by looting (like at the Hi-Low food store at the southwest corner of 79Th Street and St. Lawrence Avenue) as the riots were becoming violent on the near South Side and the West Side on the night of April 4, 1968. National Guardsmen remained in Chatham for 2 1/2 weeks thereafter on jeep patrol. Here is a link to the recording of the calling of 5,000 Federal troops to Chicago to quell the rioting in the black areas: http://www.wgntv.com/videobeta/027020a5-3524-4108-924c-11be435aa992/News/Recordings-Daley-asked-LBJ-for-help-in-68 and in full http://whitehousetapes.net/transcript/johnson/wh6804-01-12910