The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. sparked violence and unrest across the country especially in urban areas. No response of any city was more indicative of the country's general mood and more personally idiosyncratic that that of Wilmington, South Carolina. Wilmington, in 1969, was a tightly controlled company town that was greatly disturbed by Dr. King's murder. In this quiet, highly controlled community, citizens took to the streets upon hearing the news. This raw, verite newsreel documents the calling in of the National Guard to quell the virulent protest. Wilmington serves as a testament to the power and influence of Dr. King that the repercussions of his death could reach so far and mean so much to people in the smallest of communities.
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