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Collection of interviews and news broadcasts covering Martin Luther King's assassination, the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike, and other civil rights related news and events. Audio collected by the Memphis Search for Meaning Committee from 1968-1973.

"The Memphis Search for Meaning Committee, a bi-racial, volunteer, non-profit, community research and study group which had spontaneously banded together immediately after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Conscious that, as Memphis citizens, we had been both witnesses to and participants in history, we had, for almost three years, been collecting material and information in an effort to achieve and communicate a fuller understanding of what had happened in our city and why it had happened."

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From the Mississippi Valley Collection at the University of Memphis, collected by the Memphis Search for Meaning Committee from 1968-1973. Digital Audio (c) 2013, University of Memphis Libraries Preservation and Special Collections Department. All rights reserved. Use of this audio shall be governed by the University of Memphis Libraries "Duplication Agreement"

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Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 174
PreviewIssue DateTitleAuthor(s)
coretta king.PNG.jpg1968-04-08Coretta Scott King Memorial Speech at Mason Temple, 1968King, Corretta Scott, 1927-2006
holloman.PNG.jpg1973-08-14Frank Holloman, Dir. Memphis Fire and Police, August 14th 1973Yellin, David G.; Holloman, Frank
dump closed.JPG.jpg1968Dump Closed Film Audio, 1968-
James Lawson January 1969.JPG.jpg1969-06-21Rev. James Lawson, SCLC and COME, January 1969Lawson, James M., 1928-; Yellin, David G.; Beifuss, Joan Turner
James Lawson September 1969.JPG.jpg1969-09-24Rev. James Lawson, Civil Rights Activist, September 1969Lawson, James M., 1928-; Yellin, David G.; Beifuss, Joan Turner
Braxton Bryant.JPG.jpg1968-06-25Rev. Braxton Bryant, Dir. Tenn. Council on Human Relations, June 1968Beckner, Tom; Bryant, Braxton; Beifuss, Joan Turner
James L. Netters.JPG.jpg1968-06-05Rev. James Netters, Memphis City Council Member, 1968Yellin, Carol Lynn; Netters, James L.
James Lawson July 1968.JPG.jpg1968-07-01Rev. James Lawson, SCLC and COME, 1968Yellin, David G.; Thomas, Bill; Lawson, James M., 1928-
Mary Kay Tolleson.JPG.jpg1960-03-30Mary Kay Tolleson and Ann Geary, Members of Memphis Catholic Council on Human Relations, 1968Geary, Ann; Tolleson, Mary Kay; Karchmer, Poppu
Ezekiel Bell.JPG.jpg1968-05-28Rev. Ezekiel Bell, Parkway Gardens Presbyterian Church, 1968Viar, Jerry; Viar, Wilson; Bell, Ezekiel
Gerald Fanion.JPG.jpg1968-06-10Gerald Fanion, Dir. of Shelby County Dept. of Community Relations, 1968Fanion, Gerald, 1932-; Beifuss, Joan Turner; Evans, Walter
Charles Blackburn.JPG.jpg1968-05-29Charles Blackburn, Dir. of Memphis Public Works Department, 1968Blackburn, Charles; Yellin, David G.; Lewis, Marshall
Darell Doughty.JPG.jpg1968-06-26Rev. Darrell Doughty, Southwestern at Memphis, 1968Doughty, Darrell J.; Yellin, David G.; Beifuss, Joan Turner; Viar, Jerry
J.O. Patterson.JPG.jpg1968-09-11J. O. Patterson Jr., Memphis City Council, 1968Patterson, James Oglethorpe, 1912-1989; Yellin, David G.; Beifuss, Joan Turner
William DImmick.JPG.jpg1968-07-16William A. Dimmick, Memphis Ministers Association Member, 1968Dimmick, William A.; Beifuss, Joan Turner; Schulz, Judy; Yellin, Carol Lynn
Malcolm Blackburn.JPG.jpg1968-05-24Rev. Malcolm Blackburn, Clayborn Ball Temple, 1968Blackburn, Malcolm; Trotter, Anne; Yellin, David G.
Lewis Berry.JPG.jpg1968-08-05Lewis Berry, Eye Witness to the Shooting of Larry Payne, 1968Berry, Lewis; Beckner, Tom; Thomas, Bill
Gladys Carpenter.JPG.jpg1968-09-11Gladys Carpenter, Sanitation Strike Protester, 1968Carpenter, Gladys; Yellin, David G.; Beifuss, Joan Turner
jerred blanchard.JPG.jpg1968-05-27Jerred Blanchard, Memphis City Council, 1968Blanchard, Jerred G.; Yellin, Carol Lynn; Beckner, Tom; Trotter, Anne
Linda Allen.JPG.jpg1969-02-24Linda Allen and Peggy Jemison, 1969Allen, Linda; Jemison, Peggy; Yellin, Carol Lynn; Beifuss, Joan Turner
Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 174

Vimeo streaming links for individual interviews can be found under "Related Link" on item page.

Items include transcripts, when available, or computer generated captioning. Transcripts and captioning may contain errors.

Original media files available upon request.