Poor People’s March on Washington, DC (1968)

The Poor People’s March on Washington, DC on May 12, 1968.  The march was planned and organized by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  (King was assassinated on April 4, 1968.) Latino activist Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzalez joined the march, and issued his manifesto, “Demandas de la Raza” (Demands of the Race).  The Demandas focused on better education and housing for Latinos, as well as civil rights and land reform.  Gonzalez is a social activist, boxer, and poet

US Army Sergeant Roy Perez Benavidez

During intense enemy fire on May 2, 1968, US Army Sergeant Roy Perez Benavidez valiantly rescued his fellow soldiers at Loc Ninh, Vietnam.  (The Vietnam War was from 1955 to 1975.)  Benavidez was severely wounded during the rescue, and courageously continued to carry soldiers to safety and to destroy classified documents, preventing their capture by the enemy.  On that dangerous day, Benavidez saved the lives of at least eight US servicemen.