Newspaper columnist Wendi Thomas explores the growing economic gap in Memphis in a new series of articles for the Commercial Appeal.
The sometimes controversial writer told WKNO that, on the 46th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, she wanted to take an in-depth look at one of the major civil rights issues of our era: the growing disparity between the poor and the middle class.
In Memphis, nearly a quarter of the population lives below the federal poverty line. That affects nearly every aspect of civic life, she says.
In her articles, the first of which can be read here, she tries to put a human face on a problem that even Dr. King labored over in the last days of his life.
Listen above for the full interview.