The MLK legacy in Memphis

Playwright Katori Hall grew up in Memphis, TN., a city still haunted by the untimely death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Her celebrated Broadway play, “To the Mountaintop,” starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson, was a musing on King’s last night. In this web exclusive she talks about the lasting legacy of Dr. King’s wish for a still-troubled city.


Playwright Katori Hall on the “open wound” of Dr. King’s assassination in 1968. Video by Tamy Cozier. Edited by Elisabeth Ponsot.

Toward the end of Dr. King’s life, his focus was moving toward a battle against economic injustice, and before his death he traveled to Memphis to support striking sanitation workers.

On the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees’┬ásite, you can read the text of “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” or view the speech now on Vimeo.

“Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.”

 
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