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Turning Point: Politics, Protest, and Life in 1968 Memphis

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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

926 East McLemore Avenue

Memphis, TN 38106

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Charles Hughes, PhD, Director, The Memphis Center, Rhodes College
Earnestine Jenkins, PhD, Associate Professor of Art History-Visual Culture Studies, University of Memphis
Otis Sanford, Hardin Chair of Excellence in Economic and Managerial Journalism, University of Memphis

We all know that Dr. King came to Memphis in March 1968 to lend his support for the striking Memphis city sanitation workers, who had been engaged in an ongoing fight with Mayor Henry Loeb. The demonstrations in the streets of Memphis, the subsequent assassination of Dr. King on April 4, and the unrest that followed, captivated the world. While all this was going on, much of Memphis, though, kept going to work, going to school, and living their everyday lives. What else was happening in Memphis in early 1968? Join esteemed local scholars and historians Charles Hughes, Earnestine Jenkins, and Otis Sanford for a lively discussion of Memphis in 1968, looking beyond the sanitation strike, examining the city's demographics, business community, cultural life, politics, and media at this critical moment in the city's history.
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