The Southside was a stable neighborhood of working and middle-class African Americans, many of whom owned their homes. Residents formed a tight-knit community with businesses, churches, and social clubs.
Tina Burnside is a civil rights attorney in Minneapolis. She earned a B.A. degree in journalism at the University of Minnesota and a J.D. degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is also a writer who has written news articles, a novel, and theater plays.
A grand jury indicted thirty-seven white men for rioting and/or murder. Only eight, however, were tried.
The demonstration, which lasted twenty-four hours, was the culmination of events sparked by the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968.