Earlier this month, events were held across the nation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Civil Rights icon, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The anniversary provided an opportunity for remembrance of that tumultuous time in our nation’s history and for reflection on how far we’ve come in the 50 years since then.
Those were also themes of a large-scale reporting project completed by Jones and her classmates in LaReeca Rucker’s journalism class at the University of Mississippi.
Through a partnership with the Daily Journal, the students reporting for Oxford Stories connected with more than 30 Mississippians, including some who met and worked with King. Their interview subjects shared their memories from April 4, 1968, and their thoughts about how King’s life and death have changed America.
On today’s episode of The Memo podcast, we’re talking about the resulting MLK memories project and the experiences of the students who reported on it. We talk to two of those students – T’Keyah Jones and Alexis Rhoden – about the stories they heard and about how the project broadened their perspective on King’s legacy.