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What The 1968 Riots Can Tell Us About This Week

Matt Purdy

What happened in Baltimore this week was nowhere near as extensive, destructive or deadly as the four days and nights of civil unrest that ripped through the city after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. The toll then included six dead, more than 700 people injured, more than 5,000 people arrested, a thousand businesses looted, vandalized or burned, tens of millions of dollars in damage.

To help us review what we learned from the events of 46 years ago, and what we can learn from this week, we asked lawyer-historian-political consultant Larry Gibson to join us. He’s a professor at the University of Maryland Law School, author of the biography Young Thurgood and architect of dozens of successful campaigns for Democratic candidates. Larry Gibson joins Sheilah in the studio.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.