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An American Story

By Linda Tancs

Memphis, Tennessee, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, has another jewel in its crown:  the National Civil Rights Museum.  Chronicling the history and development of the civil rights movement, it begins with a multi-sensory exhibition concerning the slave trade.  And it includes other poignant displays surrounding every historical milestone in the battle for equal rights, featuring in many instances the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (whose birth is celebrated in the United States on the third Monday of January each year as a national holiday).  The museum is housed at The Lorraine Motel, site of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968.  Today marks the museum’s annual King Holiday Celebration.

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