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.”