Memphis will forever be known as the place where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968. He was there to support a bitter strike waged by 1,300 Memphis sanitation workers for better pay and working conditions.
Memphis-born Historian and Author, Hampton Sides, says King’s inner circle, men like Jesse Jackson and Andrew Young, were at odds about where the movement was headed and concerned about his safety. "There was a lot of dissension and debate where the movement should go in those last days," he said.
Walking into Congressman Lewis’ Washington D.C. office is like walking into American history. Photographs on his wall give a glimpse into key moments including the day Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders planned the historic “March on Washington.”
Nestled in Southeast Memphis, Orange Mound is the second largest community in history, behind Harlem in New York City, to be discovered by African-Americans. Thriving since the 1890's, it's been tested through the Civil Rights Movement and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore are little known civil rights activists from Florida. The Moores lived in Mims, a tiny town along the space-coast, just east of Orlando. On December 25, 1951, someone placed sticks of dynamite underneath the front porch of their modest shotgun home.