New Lynching Memorial Is A Space 'To Talk About All Of That Anguish'

Editor's note: This report contains language and an image some may find offensive or upsetting. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice , opening Thursday, stands high on a hillside overlooking downtown Montgomery, Ala. Beyond the buildings you can see the winding Alabama River and hear the distant whistle of a train — the nexus that made the city a hub for the domestic slave trade. And that's where the experience begins as visitors encounter a life-size sculpture in bronze of six people...

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MLK50 Recap: A Strategy of Commemoration

Apr 5, 2018

The week-long events surrounding the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death drew everyone from politicians, activists, labor leaders and tourists to Memphis. There were as many reasons to participate as there were causes to rally behind. In this segment reflecting on MLK50 events, WKNO reporters Sydney Matzko and Sierra Guardiola discuss the commemorative aspects of the observance, and how history has been used as an example for future activism. 

A New History for an Old Confederate

Apr 4, 2018
Angela Kim

On a day when Memphis was commemorating a tragic event of 50 years ago, one church took an hour to reflect upon a much older stain on the pages of history.

A Rally of Remembrance

Apr 4, 2018
Brontë Cook

Thousands of people from all over the world gathered in Memphis on Wednesday to participate in I AM 2018’s “Rally For Justice.” The rally included music, speeches by activists, and a march to Mason Temple, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final "Mountaintop" speech.


People of all ages gathered on Beale Street outside the AFSCME local 1733, where history was made during the 1968 sanitation workers strike. Those active during the civil rights era want to ensure that it is not forgotten.



In Art and Song, A Legacy Remembered

Apr 4, 2018
Photograph by Angela Kim.

From photography exhibits to concerts, the 50th Anniversary commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death goes beyond speeches and protest signs.

Many across the City of Memphis are celebrating history in artistic ways.

At 6:01, The Bells Toll for a King

Apr 4, 2018
Photos by Erin Conway

Fifty years ago today, a shot rang out in Memphis. A different ringing will be heard today to mark the moment Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed on the balcony at the Lorraine Motel.


Bell ringers across the country will join together for a tribute to the slain civil rights icon. Some view it as a way to transform a moment of pain into a moment of unity.


Youth Town Hall Energizes Future Activists

Apr 3, 2018

As MLK 50 events continued Tuesday, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees hosted a town hall for youth.

The event was held at the Greater White Stone Missionary Baptist Church, attracting around 200 students and panelists who came together to support the next generation of activists in honor of King's legacy.

NAACP Explores Future of Dr. King's Dream

Apr 3, 2018
Photo by Erin Conway

An event at Temple of Deliverance on Monday night that coincided with this week’s MLK50 commemoration brought community leaders, politicians, and others together to explore the question: “Where do we go from here?”


Students Share the Music and Art of MLK50

Apr 3, 2018
Photo by Sydney Matzko

Among this week’s MLK50 events, Shelby County School students had their voices heard at the Halloran Centre on Monday, through the showcasing of art and music.

A chorus of Dunbar Elementary students sung a song called, "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Not the version by James Weldon Johnson, but one written with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in mind, along with this year’s theme: "Where do we go from here?"


This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, host Eric Barnes talks with the new president and CEO of MLGW, J.T. Young. He's the 11th person to hold that title at Memphis' public utility, and has a wide-ranging background in customer service, marketing, sales, risk management, information technology, finance and supply chain management. In this interview, he answers questions on rates, storm recovery, and more. Bill Dries, senior reporter for the Memphis Daily News, joins the discussion. 

Mason Temple Invites Unions to Amplify King's Message

Apr 2, 2018

Mason Temple in South Memphis attracted busloads of union members on Monday. The historic church played host to one of the many MLK50 events planned for this week.


Members of AFSCME Local Union 1733 and others wore their union badges proudly. Walter Greely of the American Federation of Government Employees reflected on why King’s support for sanitation workers 50 years ago still affects him today.  



Wembley, London's iconic national stadium, could soon be owned by an American.

The Football Association of England, which owns the stadium, said it had received an offer from Shahid Khan, the billionaire owner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. Wembley is home to England's national football team.

As it reopened its doors for business Wednesday, four wooden crosses painted white and decorated with hearts and balloons stood in front of a Nashville-area Waffle House, a stark reminder that just three days earlier it was the scene of seemingly random and lethal bloodshed.

Each victim killed in Sunday's shooting rampage had their photographs and and names on one of the crosses: Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; Joe R. Perez, 20; DeEbony Groves, 21; and Akilah DaSilva, 23.

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