7 Stories to Listen to on MLK Day

Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day! We Are StoryCorps has collected some of our most memorable broadcasts that touch on both the impact of Dr. King and the tireless fight for civil rights.

Members of Brooklyn CORE walk through the streets of Brooklyn, New York on their way to the March on Washington in 1963. Lawrence Cumberbatch is wearing a white hat, the fourth person from the left. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

Members of Brooklyn CORE walk through the streets of Brooklyn, New York on their way to the March on Washington in 1963. Lawrence Cumberbatch is wearing a white hat, the fourth person from the left. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

Celebrate and reflect on what today is all about! Grab your headphones and enjoy listening to these 7 powerful stories from the StoryCorps Archive on the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

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1) Lawrence Cumberbatch tells his son, Simeon, how he traveled from New York City to Washington DC with Brooklyn CORE for the March on Washington in 1963.

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2) Elmore Nickelberry and Taylor Rogers remember why they went on strike as Memphis sanitation workers in 1968.

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3) Ella Owens tells her daughter, Lynn Reed, about participating in a march during the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike.

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4) Reverend George Turks, Jr. remembers witnessing the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike as a teenager.

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5) Kathy Dean Evans remembers the night Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

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6) Herb Kneeland tells his son Martavius Jones about being a disc jockey at WDIA in Memphis on April 4, 1968.

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7) Retired Memphis sanitation worker Taylor Rogers and his wife, Bessie, remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech.

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2 Responses to “7 Stories to Listen to on MLK Day”

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  • Thank you for all of this. I teach English to adult immigrants, and I chose to show “Eyes on the Stars” as part of our MLK lesson. Although it isn’t directly connected like these stories, it is certainly part of the chain. And the animation is so wonderful, making it accessible to people with limited English skills. Thank you again.

    Comment from Elke Lerman on January 27, 2014 at 11:00 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Thank you so much for airing these wonderful remembrances of America’s finest man.

    Comment from Cathy Blake on January 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm - Reply to this Comment

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