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Smile! You're On Candid Camera

Posted by Jim Botticelli  January 12, 2014 01:19 PM

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Press Photo from either Associated Press or United Press International

Students from Dorchester's then Martin Luther King Middle School, now MLK K-8 school, ham it up for the cameras in this 1968 press photo sent to us without further identification. We are assuming, but do not have conclusive evidence, that UPI and AP cameramen were sent to the Roxbury, Dorchester Mattapan area to measure the reactions of Boston African Americans  following the assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968. The kids have the look of kids just released from the school on 77 Lawrence Av, Dorchester. The trees appear to have begun blooming and it looks like early spring.  As you'd expect with kids this age, they appear oblivious to the tragedy and are enjoying the media attention. The night following King's assassination was the night James Brown calmed the city down in what has become known as The Night James Brown Saved Boston.

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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