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On April 4th, 2018, the eyes of the world Turned to Memphis as thousands gatherED to remember, embrace, and advance the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

As part of the commemoration, on April 6-8, 2018, Clayborn Temple presented three preview performances of “Union: The Musical” and a community conversation that brought together community members, activists, artists, influencers, and civic leaders to discuss the ongoing work of democracy in our city and in our nation.

Fifty years ago, in the spring of 1968, the tragic deaths of workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker sparked the great sanitation strike in Memphis. The images of their “I AM A MAN” signs have been burned into the modern consciousness and were even honored by a tribute jersey worn by the Memphis Grizzlies this season. Most importantly, it was this strike that brought Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to the city. It was here, fifty years ago that he gave his incredible “Mountaintop Speech.” And it was here, when he was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel

Featuring high-level talent, including award winning hip-hop artist, Sho Baraka, “Union: The Musical” is set to tour the country beginning in 2019.



Union is coming to a town near you. Come back to learn how you can join our cast and crew.