Spoke about King, classmates shunned me.

Kit Arnquist
Longville, MN

In 1968 I was a senior in high school. The day after Dr. King was assassinated, the principal asked if anyone would like to speak about him over the intercom. I did. My friends would not sit with me on the bus that afternoon.

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4 Responses to "Spoke about King, classmates shunned me."
  1. Erica says:

    Oh my God, I can’t believe this! Being from Atlanta, Martin Luther King, Jr. was always seen as a hero to me!

    • Dracu says:

      Well, Erica…if you grew up in Atlanta about 50 years ago and were not Black, you would probably have a different opinion of Dr. King.
      I was a high school student in South Jersey at the time. Second generation White kid. Came from a small town where blacks and white went to the same schools and worked together at the same oil refinery. I didn’t really consider him a hero. But, I did think that he had an inner peace and tranquility and a determination to do what he had to do, despite the almost overwhelming odds. To me, he was not unlike India’s Mohandas Gandhi. Positively non-violent. But, fanatical in his quest for respect, decency and equality in this country.

      • Erica says:

        I’m sure you’re right “Dracu”. Did you know there is a statue of Mohandas Gandhi outside of the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia?

        • Dracu says:

          No, I didn’t. But, I understand that Dr King did fashion his own plan for freedom and equality based a lot on Mr. Gandhi. I have never been to Atlanta. But, I’ll have to visit the King Center when I do. Thanks for the tip.

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