In April 1968, Jesse Jackson was in Memphis organizing an economic boycott to mirror his Operation Breadbasket in Chicago. He was back in Memphis on May 9, 2017, urging that the city award more contracts to minority-owned businesses or, he said, he would return to the city in April 2018 to lead a protest march. … Continue reading Jesse Jackson May Lead Memphis March
April 23, 1967: James Earl Ray escapes from the Missouri State Penitentiary at Jefferson City by hiding, improbably, in a breadbox. Less than a year later, he would kill Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis. Before the escape, Ray had been imprisoned at Jeff City facing a twenty-year sentence for having robbed, at gunpoint, a … Continue reading James Earl Ray’s Escape: April 23, 1967
"Father and son had much in common. The son was the namesake of the father. Both were graduates of Morehouse College. Both married women of musical distinction. Both answered the call to the Baptist pulpit. Both championed civil rights for African-Americans. "How much did the father shape the destiny of the … Continue reading Review of “Daddy King”
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