"All I wanted to do was get revenge."

Charlie Morris (L) remembers his brother's death in 1939, with his cousin Sylvester Lewis (R).
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Charlie Morris (L) remembers his brother's death in 1939, with his cousin Sylvester Lewis (R).
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
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Jasmyn Belcher

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Steven Thrasher

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Griot
Witness

"We wanted to be treated as men."

Elmore Nickelberry and Taylor Rogers remember why they went on strike as Memphis sanitation workers in 1968.
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Elmore Nickelberry and Taylor Rogers remember why they went on strike as Memphis sanitation workers in 1968.
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Michael Garofalo, Selly Thiam

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Steven Thrasher and Nick Yulman

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Griot
Struggle
Witness
Work

"He really talked that night."

Retired Memphis sanitation worker Taylor Rogers and his wife, Bessie, remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s final speech.
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Retired Memphis sanitation worker Taylor Rogers and his wife, Bessie, remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s final speech.
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Produced by
Michael Garofalo

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Nick Yulman

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Griot
Struggle
Witness

"I couldn't understand why all the black men had signs that said 'I AM A MAN.'"

Reverend George Turks, Jr. remembers witnessing the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike as a teenager. Click here to see a photo from the strike.
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Reverend George Turks, Jr. remembers witnessing the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike as a teenager. Click here to see a photo ...
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
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Nadia Reiman

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Brianna Hyneman

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Griot
Struggle
Witness

"A policeman was coming down the street..."

Ella Owens (L) tells her daughter, Lynn Reed, about participating in a march during the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike.
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Ella Owens (L) tells her daughter, Lynn Reed, about participating in a march during the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike.
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Produced by
Katie Simon

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Steven Thrasher

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Griot
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Witness

"When Dr. King was assassinated, I was on the air."

Herb Kneeland (L) tells his son Martavius Jones about being a disc jockey at WDIA in Memphis on April 4, 1968.
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Herb Kneeland (L) tells his son Martavius Jones about being a disc jockey at WDIA in Memphis on April 4, 1968.
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Katie Simon, Selly Thiam

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Steven Thrasher

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Griot
Struggle
Witness
Work

"The bulletin came across the TV..."

Kathy Dean Evans remembers the night Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
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Kathy Dean Evans remembers the night Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
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Nadia Reiman

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Steven Thrasher

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Griot
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Witness

"Why are you not still married?"

10-year-old Rahsheed McKenstry interviews his mother, Rhonetta.
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10-year-old Rahsheed McKenstry interviews his mother, Rhonetta.
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Sarah Geis

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Angels & Mentors
Griot
Growing Up

"You wouldn't give me the time of day..."

Joe Hunter, who was Ray Charles' road manager, and his wife, Trudy, a back-up singer, remember falling in love.
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Joe Hunter, who was Ray Charles' road manager, and his wife, Trudy, a back-up singer, remember falling in love.
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Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee
Produced by
Selly Thiam

Facilitated by
Steven Thrasher

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Griot
Romance