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Today in History: A Civil Rights Activist Killed

Posted by Gilbert Stack on April 7, 2019 at 7:20 AM

On this day (April 7) in 1964, Reverend Bruce W. Klunder was run over by a bulldozer while protesting the building of a segregated school in Cleveland. He was killed on the second day of the protests in which civil rights activists threw themselves on the ground in front of bulldozers to stop the construction work. While three of his fellow activists threw themselves in front of one particular bulldozer, Klunder lay down behind it. The driver of the bulldozer backed away from the protesters in front of him without ever seeing Klunder behind him. His death sparked a further protest involving 3500 people which the police broke up with tear gas. The school was built anyway.

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