‘I’ve been to the mountaintop, and I don’t mind’

NOTE: First published to wmcactionnews5.com. I curated the photos and wrote the copy.

Martin Luther King Jr. made his last speech in Memphis to sanitation workers, who, in his words, were facing the issue of injustice and the refusal of Memphis to be fair and honest in its dealings with its public servants.” But before the Mountaintop speech and King’s untimely death in April 1968, the civil rights leader influenced Memphis in more ways than one.

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Martin Luther King Jr. flies to Memphis July 31, 1959 for a Freedom Rally, which is part of a political campaign for several African-American candidates running for City of Memphis election.


Company gives ‘experimental’ drug to ailing 7-year-old St. Jude patient 

First published on wmcactionnews5.com in 2014:

In some pictures, 7-year-old Josh Hardy boasts a big smile in sports jerseys, but the last three months in the intensive care unit at St. Jude Children’s Hospital has replaced the eye black with tubes and gauze.

A company’s decision to provide drug access could be a game changer in the fight for Josh’s life. Initially, Chimerix refused to give brincidofovir—a drug that might cure Josh’s adenovirus infection—because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had yet to approve it.

“They have given us excuses about challenging them financially, but we really don’t care what excuses there are. They have something that can help our son, and we as parents are going to do everything we can possible do to help him. The thing is he’s had  a very challenged life,” said mother Aimee Hardy on Monday.