8 october 1968 & elijah bennett murdered by white police officer near 14th & u nw
#OTD 8 October 1968 Elijah Bennett, 22 years old, was murdered by white police offer, David Roberts, as he walked near the intersection of 14th & U Sts NW. Individuals and organizations mourned his death and protested against police terror in the city. Bennett was married (I haven’t been able to find his wife’s name) and had four children. His spouse was also pregnant.
Students at Howard University and the New School of Afro-American Thought held protests. The Black United Fund gave Mrs. Bennett $325 and encouraged others to also give her donations.
Your comments are welcome below. Do you, a family member or neighbor remember hearing about Elijah Bennett’s murder? Did you know Elijah Bennett and his family? Did you give money to his spouse? Did you submit one of the many letters to the editor to a newspaper? Do you have photographs of Bennett and his family? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: DCPL Public Library, newspaper database. Photographer unknown. c1968.
James Forman, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America 2017.
”Funds for Widow,” Washington Post 20 October 1968.