What was the most historic event that took place during “your generation”? How did it affect you?

For me, the most historic event that took place during my generation was Martin Luther King Jr. being assassinated. I was 11 years old at the time, and grappling with what it meant to be black in America. I listened to his speeches (before his assassination); I remember feeling hopeful that somehow people would find a way to accept the fact that we are all created equal.

When he was killed, I spent time wondering what his death meant for black people. I had an overwhelming feeling that I should try to dislike others based on the color of their skin; fortunately, I found it difficult to judge others in that way. To this day, I feel a touch of sadness when I think about it. I often wonder if race related hatred would be less had he not been killed.

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3 thoughts on “What was the most historic event that took place during “your generation”? How did it affect you?

  1. You and I must be close to the same age. I was also 11 when Dr. King was assassinated, and I remember it well. I also remember Robert Kennedy’s assassination later the same year. Those two events affected me very much.

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    1. Hey! Another cool and smart old lady like me 😊! What I find interesting is that I vividly remember the assassination of John Kennedy, but I only have a fragmented memory of Robert Kennedy’s assassination. I think I may have been so overwhelmed by Dr. King’s death that I somehow blocked out everything else that happened that year. There was a lot going on in our country at that time!

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      1. Thanks, but I don’t know about “cool” 😉

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