Crime History: MLK's home bombed

Local,Crime,Scott McCabe,Crime History

On this day, Jan. 30, in 1956, the home of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was bombed in Montgomery, Ala.

The bombing occurred during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, started nearly two months earlier when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white person.

King, then 27, was speaking at a meeting of black leaders at the First Baptist Church when the house was bombed. His wife Coretta and their 10-week-old baby were home. Neither were hurt.

King rushed home to his wife and child, then addressed an angry black crowd that gathered outside the house.

King pleaded for nonviolence, "We must meet hate with love."

No person has ever been prosecuted for the bombing.

-- Scott McCabe

View article comments Leave a comment