About Wilmington 1968

Wilmington 1968 is a community-wide reflection 50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Following Dr. King’s death, an emotional public response and demonstrations led to a nine-month occupation of Wilmington, Delaware by the National Guard – the longest occupation of an American city following Dr. King’s assassination. Over the past year, a diverse group representing 20 organizations convened to discuss national and local history preceding and following the events; community responses then and now; and how collective work can improve life for all Wilmingtonians.

For some, 1968 represents an introduction to social justice activism. For others, this period represents lingering trauma that continues to haunt the community. Scholars have collected stories, examined historical documents, digitized artifacts, created educational opportunities, and explored how the past has influenced the present. Throughout 2018 and into the beginning of 2019, we invite the community to learn about local civil rights history, engage in dialogue, and become active participants in shaping Wilmington’s future.