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.