Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Memphis Remembers, Commemorates Dr. King

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 7:29 PM

click to enlarge img_3638.jpg


Crowds packed the National Civil Rights Museum courtyard near the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed 50 years ago.


Overflowing onto South Main and surrounding streets, thousands of people listened to words of reflection and encouragement from civil rights leaders, elected officials, and faith leaders.


Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Shelby County Mayor Mark Lutrell, Rep. Steve Cohen, Gov. Bill Haslam, president of the museum Terri Freeman, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bill Lucy, and Rev. William Barber II were among the speakers.


Throughout the day, members of the crowd smiled, laughed, danced, cheered, and chanted. Moments of both sadness and joy rippled through the crowd.


Then at 6:01 p.m., the time King was shot, the crowd went silent as a wreath was hung from the balcony of room 306. Simultaneously, bells around the country echoed the one in the museum courtyard, which rang 39 times, once for each year of King’s life.


See photos from the day below.


Keep the Flyer Free!

Always independent, always free (never a paywall),
the Memphis Flyer is your source for the best in local news and information.

Now we want to expand and enhance our work.
That's why we're asking you to join us as a Frequent Flyer member.

You'll get membership perks (find out more about those here) and help us continue to deliver the independent journalism you've come to expect.


Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Readers also liked…

Most Commented On

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2020

Contemporary Media
65 Union, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation