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24th & Glory: An 11-part World-Herald series by Dirk Chatelain


24TH & GLORY: PART NINE

Angered by assassinations of black heroes, Bob Gibson became the most dominant force in sports

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MLK mourners

An estimated crowd of nearly 2,000 people marched through North Omaha three days after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in April 1968. The group, shown near 24th and Grant Streets, was on its way to Salem Baptist Church, where a memorial service was held in honor of the civil rights hero.

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Bob Gibson's summer of dominance was documented in headlines in The World-Herald sports section every time he took the mound.

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Armour stack

It took 120 pounds of dynamite to bring down a 71-year-old South Omaha landmark when the 226-foot smokestack at the closed Armour packing plant was demolished in April 1969.

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Stokely Carmichael in 1966.

Reporter - Sports

Dirk writes stories and columns about Husker football in addition to covering general assignments and enterprise for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @dirkchatelain. Phone: 402-444-1062.

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