Security will be tight throughout downtown Memphis on Wednesday as thousands of people come together at the National Civil Rights Museum to remember a solemn anniversary.
It is the first trip to Memphis and the National Civil Rights Museum for many of the visitors, and Tuesday’s weather is eerily the same as 50 years ago
On Tuesday, a loudspeaker outside Makeda’s Cookies on 2nd Avenue blared parts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Mountaintop” speech.
King gave the speech April 3, 1968, the night before he was killed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
“Set the tone for it when you hear that voice, there is no voice like Dr. King’s voice,” said Tamika Heard, who works at Makeda’s.
For Heard, it’s a way to get ready to reflect on that fateful day.
But the similarity Tuesday of the wind and coming storm 50 years later isn’t lost on her or anyone else.
“It’s a weird irony,” said Michael Shields from Racine, Wisconsin.
“It just goes to show you that Martin Luther King is here,” said Esther Buggage from New Orleans, Louisiana.
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