Title: Jack Gibson recalls the way Black radio helped quell the riots after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Creator: Smithsonian Productions
Date Created: 1993-09-14
Physical Dimensions: WAV
Transcript: If it were not for Black radio, I imagine more cities in the United States would have been burnt to the ground. But, Black radio was involved and was able to communicate with the listeners. And tell the listeners, "Don't go into certain areas because that's where the fire's the heaviest, or they're shooting more, or creating more damage."
And so Black radio led the fight in the riots by suppressing them. And there was a lot of times - I remember James Brown coming in some cities and by his voice on the air, quelled some of the rioting.
Special collection number: SC 39
Special collection name: Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was