1968 Detroit riot
Part of the King assassination riots
DateApril 4–5, 1968
Caused byAssassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

The 1968 Detroit riot was a civil disturbance that occurred between April 4–5, 1968 in Detroit, Michigan following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Less than a year after the violent unrest of 1967, areas of 12th Street (present-day Rosa Parks Boulevard) again erupted in chaos (simultaneously with over 100 other US cities) following King's assassination. Michigan Governor George W. Romney ordered the National Guard into Detroit. One person was killed,[1] and gangs tossed objects at cars and smashed storefront windows with three dozen fires being set.[2][3]

See also

Other riots in Detroit


  1. ^ "10 Dead As Violence Continues In Major U.S. Cities; Troops Sent To Washington, Chicago, Detroit". Toledo Blade. April 5, 1968. p. 1.
  2. ^ "12th Street Erupts: Ghettoes react to King's death". The Windsor Star. April 5, 1968. p. 1.
  3. ^ "1968 was Detroit's season of satisfaction". USA Today. October 25, 2006. Retrieved November 12, 2022.