1967 May 29

Cleveland Bar Assoc. Criticizes Mayor for Not Meeting with Martin Luther King


The Cleveland Bar Association on this day criticized Cleveland Mayor Ralph Locher for not meeting with Rev. Martin Luther King over civil rights issues in the city. The president of the association charged that the mayor was “building a stone wall” with his “continuous and dangerous” refusal to meet with “responsible” African-American leaders.

Cleveland had experienced a serious riot the summer before, in mid-July, 1966.

The mayor replied that the Bar Association was comprised “almost entirely” of people from Greater Cleveland (meaning from the suburbs).

Learn more about the 1960s disorders in Cleveland: http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Cleveland_Civil_Disorders_%281966_-_1968%29?rec=1607

Learn more: Louis Masotti, Shoot-Out in Cleveland: Black Militants and the Police (1969)

Read Shoot-Out in Cleveland: https://ia801409.us.archive.org/1/items/shootoutinclevel00masorich/shootoutinclevel00masorich.pdf

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