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1968 Fort Hood 43 Negro soldiers protest...
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August 25, 1968
SPRINGFIELD SUNDAY REPUBLICAN, Massachusetts, Aug. 25, 1968
* Fort Hood 43 - Negro soldiers protest
* Democratic National Convention
* Chicago, Illinois - Killeen, Texas
Page 10 has a three column heading: "43 Negro Soldiers at Ft. Hood Face Court Martial for Protest" (see images)
Complete with 50+ pages, light toning at the margins, nice condition.
wikipedia notes: After Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, thousands of U.S. troops stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, were sent to Chicago for riot control duty. Several black civilians were killed.
In mid-August 1968, another large group of soldiers stationed at Fort Hood was scheduled to return to Chicago in late August to control potential rioters at the Democratic National Convention. At midnight on Friday, August 23, sixty African American troops staged a nonviolent sit-in on base to protest their deployment to Chicago. The majority of these soldiers were uncomfortable with being placed in situation where they might be asked to police other black Americans. Several of the demonstrators said they had grown up in low-income neighborhoods and suggested that they could empathize with the folks in those areas who might feel riots were necessary. At 5 a.m. Saturday morning, the division commander and members of his staff met with the protesters and discussed their grievances. Seventeen of the demonstrators got up and left, but forty-three continued to protest. The protesters were placed in the Fort Hood stockade for failing to report for morning reveille.
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