MLK in Memphis .
Our newsroom has saved footage that was captured by Channel 13 staffers during the crisis of 1968. The archive includes coverage of the strike, press conferences, marches, and moments of shocking violence spilling out onto the streets of Memphis.
When the idea of the website was first conceived our main goal was to provide a wealth of information in a format that would appeal to a newer generation. We wanted to honor the tremendous legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as “set the stage” for the events leading up to his death. We felt like it was vitally important to convey the relevance of the sanitation workers strike not only to the civil rights movement as a whole, but also to the developing infrastructure – both political and social – of the city of Memphis.
We recognized that we had something unique and historically valuable in our archives at WHBQ – TV. Over the years our newsroom has saved footage that was photographed by Channel 13 staffers during the crisis of 1968. The archive, originally shot on film, includes footage of the strike and the garbage piled up, fascinating press conferences, marches, and even captured moments of shocking violence spilling out onto the streets of Memphis. In addition, we have Dr. Kings famous “Mountaintop” address at the Masonic Temple which he in essence predicted his own death. The footage doesn’t belong on a shelf. On the eve of the national holiday designated to his honor, we are pleased to make this available for all to see.
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