As we enter a long weekend with a national holiday to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we share this video link to an earlier program from We Believe in Memphis. The program features Attorney W.J. Michael Cody, a native Memphian and young lawyer who recalls a segregated Memphis of the 1960s. His law firm was retained by Dr. King to help on the injunction suit for the sanitation workers’ march. Mr. Cody was present in a meeting in Room 307 of the Lorraine Motel on April 3, 1968 to hear Dr. King’s firsthand account of why this march was so significant. He was also present later that evening at Mason Temple to hear what would be Dr. King’s final speech.
“There was electricity in that room where the hair would rise on the back of your head… and you knew something was in the air…”
We hope you enjoy this look back on Memphis history, and as Maxie says, “when we are engaged in issues like poverty and education and civil rights in our city…there ought to be something about the causes to which we give ourself that demands as much of us as Dr. King felt that demanded of him…”