Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take a moment to think today. Think about Martin Luther King, Jr., not only because it is a national holiday named for him, but because we should all take time to appreciate the men and women who have worked so hard for the freedoms that we all enjoy day after day.King accomplished much more than we know him for, which is probably the famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  However, there is a reason that is his most famous speech.  Listen to it or read the text, here. Or read King’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN is home to the National Civil Rights Museum, though it is also well known for the location where King was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968.  King was a frequent visitor to the Lorraine Motel and his room, 306, is preserved today as it was in 1968. Read this article, “Where Time Stands Still” from the Star Tribune of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN for an interesting account of the small effects that bring the museum to life. There is an interesting balance between re-creating history, interpreting history, and displaying history.

And if you do get to visit the Lorraine Motel, send a report to Preservation in Pink. We’d love to hear.

2 thoughts on “Martin Luther King, Jr.

  1. Ellen Detlefsen says:

    The museum at the Lorraine Motel site (aka “National Civil Rights Museum”) is an EXTRAORDINARY place. Don’t miss it if you are in the Memphis area (IMHO, you should skip Graceland and go directly to the Lorraine Motel….) I defy you to go there and not come out in tears. It is a triumph of museum design with reconstructions of Rosa Parks’ bus, the Woolworths’ food counter, the Birmingham jail cell, and (of course) the motel rooms, etc…. For me, a child of the sixties who lived through the ugly times in Virginia when schools in Prince Edward County and Charlottesville were closed rather than be integrated, and who remembers vividly just where I was when MLK (and JFK and RFK) were shot, this museum remains a must-see!

    peace, on the eve of the Obama inauguration,
    Ellen Detlefsen (Ali’s family friend from TIPark)

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