The Impact of Dr. King Lives On

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As we approach the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are reminded about how his death impacted the educators of Memphis.  Teachers and students who were living during this tumultuous event share their thoughts and feelings with Chalkbeat.

 “The television was on and I was on the phone with my husband telling him hurry up and come home, you know we want to get a good seat. [The newscaster said] ‘Dr. King has been shot.’ I think the world stopped. I told him, ‘I don’t believe this.’ And then, about an hour afterwards, they said he was dead.”

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