Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Judge D'Army Bailey on "Democracy Now!"

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Last week, Amy Goodman of liberal radio show "Democracy Now!", interviewed D'Army Bailey, co-founder of the National Civil Rights Museum, in front of the room where Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered in 1968.

Bailey discussed the history of the Lorraine Motel -- how he and others worked to turn King's assassination site into a national museum focusing on the civil rights movement. Bailey also talked about what he sees as conflicts in the museum's management.

Specifically, Bailey claims that Pitt Hyde, who chairs the executive committee of the museum, is a Republican who raised money to defeat Democrat Harold Ford, Jr. in the 2006 election.

It should be noted that Bailey has been at the forefront of a group seeking to overturn board and management of the museum. The show pretty much provided an unimpeded forum for Bailey's point of view without a response from Hyde.

Goodman also interviewed retired Memphis police sergeant Jerry Williams, Jesse Jackson, and former sanitation worker Taylor Rogers in Democracy Now!'s special King broadcast.

To listen to the show or read the transcript, go here.

--Bianca Phillips

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