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Martin Luther King, Jr. 4/3/68

University of Memphis Special Collections

Memphis was shattered in April 1968.


Five decades after that defining moment, MLK50 compels us to come to grips with what happened in 1968 and the resulting years of anguish of a society both demanding and resisting change. Yet a transformation has occurred. In the spirit of the National Civil Rights Museum’s MLK50 commemoration theme — “Where Do We Go From Here?” — we sought out witnesses this April in various professions, people who know our majority-black city, people who can tell their own stories, and who can provide insight into our future.


Perhaps we can never completely eradicate the scourge of racism, but we can never stop trying. The voices here point the way.

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Memphis magazine, April 2018