January 1956: Martin Luther King Jr.'s home is bombed

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January 1956: Martin Luther King Jr.'s home is bombed - CALMS CROWD—The Rev. M. L. King, Negro A mB?er...
CALMS CROWD—The Rev. M. L. King, Negro A mB?er who has been a leader in the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott, boycott, attempts to calm a crowd which gathered after his home was bombed Monday night. He urged Negroes not to resort to violence. TENSION MOUNTS Bomb Blasts Home of Negro Minister MONTGOMERY, Ala. (/it—An explosion Monday night damaged a Negro minister's home in a new flareup of violence stemming from the prolonged boycotl by Negroes of the city's transportation system. Minutes after the blast the minister, who has been an outspoken leader in the boycotl movement, appealed to a crowd gathered at the scene to remain calm in the face of mounting racial tension here. Police said either a hand gre- Chattanooga Dance Broken Up by Fight _ a hand grenade grenade or dynamite shattered windows windows at the home" of the Rev. M. L. King. No one was injured in the blast. This was the first violence resorted resorted since the. first week of the aoycott last Dec. 5. Shots were "ired at a few buses during that rirst week but there were no injuries injuries and little damage. , ** w.**.* »-«-.i**4.tw^^i-ij -LCIJU, in i f\ The protest movement against bottle-throwing brawl between Ne- segregation laws applying to city gro dancers and white spectators buses was touched oft by a $14 fine interrupted a concert-dance here jiven Rose Parks, a Negro who re- Monday night 'used to move to the rear of a bus. Reward Offered Negroes were hurt slightly, and The Montgomery City Commis- nine Negroes were arrested on dis- sion offered a reward of $500 for orderly conduct charges. information leading to the arrest Die for the bombing. Rev. King's wife, their 7-weeks- old daughter, and Mrs. Roscoe Williams, a neighbor, were in the :iome alone when they heard a thud "like a brick hitting the front porch." They ducked into a back room just as the explosion shattered windows, ripped a hole in the porch and cracked a porch column. Arriving home 15 minutes after Ihe explosion from a mass meeting meeting at a church, Rev. King asked about 300 Negroes gathered outside his home to be "peaceful." "Don't gel panicky," he said. "Don't get your weapons. He who lives by the sword will perish by :he sword. Remember that is what God says. •...." Law and Order Police Commissioner Clyde Sellers Sellers told the throng: "I will do everything, in. my power to bring the guilty parties lo prison." Mayor W. A. Gayle told Ihe Negroes Negroes that the "entire white community community is for law and order and none of us condone or believe in these sort of acts." A police, guard was stationed at the parsonage Monday night. King, 27-year-old pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, was fined $14 last Saturday for driving 30 miles an hour in a 25- mile zone. He denied the charge and blamed his arrest on Gayle's statement that the City Commission Commission around" with boycotters. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (ffi —A Three white persons and three City and county officers waded ^_j _ ___.,.,»_ VrfiVJ UliVA V-»_f U111.J \Jl-t. L \_*JJL D »T dUd.1 ind conviction of those responsi- into a barrage of flying bottles and chairs to break up the melee. No estimate was available on Ihe number of participants. The fight came during the closing closing hour of a dance and concert which featured Roy Hamilton, a well-known Negro singer. The affair affair was primarily for Negroes, but a special section of Memorial Auditorium Auditorium was reserved for white spectators. Police said the touched off when her of the Hamilton troupe sat down in the dress circle, an area surrounding the dance floor and reserved for the white spectators. Another Negro, also unidentified, tried to remove him and the two affray was a Negro mem fighting, officers said. Negro dancers joined in the brawl and botlle throwing by both races began. Officers said it was not • known whether whites or Negroes Negroes hurled the first object. Police dispersed the crowd in about an hour and made the arrests. arrests. Little Hope Seen for Prompt Warming Trend The mercury crawled down into the bottom part" of the thermometer thermometer during the night and Ihe Wealh- er Bureau said there was liltle hope for a warming- trend before Thursday. Sibley reported a low temperature early Tuesday of 17 below zero and Spencer had 14 below. below. Mason City had 8 below zero of

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  1. The Mason City Globe-Gazette,
  2. 31 Jan 1956, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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