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[Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. forty years after his death]

Repository: Commercial Appeal. Marketing Department

Collection Description (CRHP): This collection consists of 18 video recordings that were used for the making of features on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy forty years after his death. Commercial Appeal videographer Dennis Copeland shot this footage, which includes interviews of civil rights activists and coverage of events to mark the fortieth anniversary of King's passing.

Recovering King's legacy
Published Jan. 20, 2008
Close reading of Dr. King made Earle Fisher see new dimensions to King.

National Holiday Parade
Published Jan. 21, 2008
The 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King National Holiday Parade happened Monday.

Memphis sanitation workers
Published Feb. 17, 2008
1,300 sanitation workers persuaded the union that the time was right to wage a battle with the city and Mayor Henry Loeb. Men still employed with the city talk about how it was 40 years ago.

Jesse Jackson recalls fatal day
Published April 1, 2008
Rev. Jesse Jackson remembers the assassination of Dr. King.

Tavis Smiley in Memphis
Published April 3, 2008
Tavis Smiley broadcast his radio show from Mason Temple this morning. The two hour show offered many guests including Harry Belafonte.

Martin Luther King Jr. Honored today
Published April 4, 2008
Today was [filled] with presidential candidates, marches and speeches to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death.

Marchers remember 'Dream' experience
Published Aug. 24, 2008
Memphians recall the day Dr. Martin Luther King gave a speech in Washington, D.C that changed the nation.

Collection Description (Extant): Eight features on Dr. King's legacy for the 40th anniversary of his death.

Date(s): 2008

Digital Status: Born-digital

Extent: 18 miniDV tapes

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The library of the Commercial Appeal includes news articles and photos on King's assassination; see:;

Interviewees: Elmore Nickleberry, Russell Walton, Ben Jones, Ozell Ueal, Rev. Leslie R. Moore, Luther Houston, Jimmie Hill, Jesse Jackson, Dorothy Cotton, Clarence Jones, Earl Caldwell, Cornell West, Harry Belafonte, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Al Sharpton, Benjamin Hooks, Martin Luther King III, Joan Nelson, Johnnie R. Turner, Benjamin F. Pirtle,

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American civil rights workers
African Americans--Civil rights--Tennessee
Civil rights movements--Tennessee
Collective memory
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Assassination
Labor movement--Tennessee
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C., 1963
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tenn., 1968




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