Events in the American Black experience that include people, places, items, and timelines.

Dr. Martin Luther King stabbed in New York

*On this date in 1958, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was nearly fatally stabbed to death.

While signing copies of his first book Stride Toward Freedom, a woman named Izola Ware Curry stabbed King with a letter opener in Blumsteins Department store in New York City.

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450 W. 33rd St.,
New York, NY 10001.

Massacre in Opelousas

On this date in 1868, the Opelousas massacre occurred. That city in Louisiana was the site where local Blacks lost their lives by violent whites (many of them Confederate veterans and prominent citizens).

The slaughter started when three local whites beat up an 18-year old man named Emerson Bentley, a white editor (and non-Louisianan) of the local Republican newspaper and a teacher with the Freedmen's Bureau. Reacting to Bentley's beating, local Blacks came to his rescue. The sheriff arrested 12, who were taken from jail and hung that night.

Race riots in Atlanta

*On this date in 1906, The Atlanta race riot occurred. This tragedy was the result of bitter white hostility toward blacks after vague reports of African Americans harassing White women.

Over five days at least ten Black people were killed while Atlanta's police did nothing to protect black citizens, going so far as to confiscate guns from Atlanta’s Black community while allowing whites to remain armed. It was this and other events of hatred based incidents during what was called the “Red Summers” in the early twentieth century.

Slave revolt in New York

On this date in 1712, the New York Slave Rebellion occurred.