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What Has Memphis, Tennessee Learned From King’s Death?


A recent heat wave in Memphis, Tennessee led to the death of at least 13 people in that city.

Many—maybe all— of these people lacked air conditioners. Not having air conditioners, they died from the heat.

I’ve been to Memphis once. In 1998. I spent an evening walking around Beale Street. Beale Street is the so-called Birthplace of the Blues.

What I saw on Beale Street were young black kids doing dance moves for mostly white tourists. The kids were hoping for a handout. I did not find Beale Street appealing.

Martin Luther King died in Memphis while fighting for striking sanitation workers.  

What progress has been made in Memphis since King’s death? It seems that whatever progress may have been made, much more remains to be done.   

Please click here to read a Texas Liberal post on MLK’s sermon “Unfulfilled Dreams.” 

Please click here for an updated post of the subject of Memphis and Beale Sreet.

August 27, 2007 - Posted by | Martin & Malcolm, Politics


  1. you’ve been there once? memphis and beale street have more to offer than just “black kids doing dance moves for mostly white tourists.”

    you my friend are a tool and need to go back. idiot.

    Comment by Mr. X | January 25, 2008

  2. I sense disagreement.

    I know what I saw and based on the article I link with in the other post I’m not the only person who sees that place the same way.

    Thanks for your comment. You seem like a real nice guy.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 25, 2008

  3. Hello there…

    I’ve been to Memphis last april with some friends and we had a great time ! ; I have to admit I am an Elvis fan;
    but we also found the Stax-museum a great find…

    greetings from Holland.

    Comment by Frans Visser | February 9, 2008

  4. Thanks for the comment and hello to everybody in Holland.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 9, 2008

  5. The small piece of what you saw in Memphis was just barely a trickle of the ridiculousness that occurs here everyday. The civil rights movement and assassination of King provided one step forward and 50 million steps back for progress in this city. We’re divided in government, education, and resources with King Willie at the helm of the sinking ship known as Memphis.

    If you ever wanted to come back to our lil po-dunk city I would gladly give you a tour of the real city and beyond the tourist destinations.

    Comment by Katie | May 20, 2008

  6. Cincinnati is comparible, we too divided in every way. look at the country red and blue and the dems are divided bewteen two, there is no clear choice so we choose what we think is the lesser of the two evils, the choices and division are our downfall

    Comment by bill brady | May 21, 2008

  7. I was born and raised in Memphis and I must say it takes more then just a day to fully understand this city and all it has to offer…Memphis isnt for everyone and thats why I love this city

    Comment by Bryan | August 8, 2008

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