Bessie Rogers and Taylor Rogers

rogers_lgRetired Memphis, Tennessee sanitation worker Taylor Rodgers and his wife, Bessie, were at the Mason Temple on April 3, 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”.

One day later, on April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated.

Taylor and Bessie came to StoryCorps to discuss being in the audience that day, how they felt hearing the speech in person, and their subsequent feelings after learning about the death of Dr. King.

Originally aired January 13, 2006, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Top Photo: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his last public address, at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn., April 3, 1968. Image © Bettmann/CORBIS