A yearlong project on 1968 ends in Memphis, a city still grappling the year's trauma
"Memphis will pay a higher price than any other city in the nation for the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'' – The Rev. James Lawson, April 1968
MEMPHIS – No city in America was more wounded than Memphis in the crucible of 1968 and its racial, political and cultural upheaval.
Every city suffered from the escalating war in Vietnam, the assassinations of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the violence around the Democratic National Convention, the protests, riots and social rebellions.
But Memphis wasn't merely the scene of King's assassination. In many ways, it saw itself as the tragic cause.