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MLK50: The View From 38126

We wanted to see how Shelby County’s poorest ZIP code has fared in the 50 years since Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed at the Lorraine Motel.
What we found: Hope in the midst of hardship, and poverty perched next to progress.

Fred Jones and Willie Gregory have taken distinctly different paths to success. If they reversed course, their roads would lead them to within a few blocks of each other in South Memphis, ZIP code 38126. Synonymous with the Southern Heritage Classic, Jones founded the event that annually pumps millions of...
by Canisha Robertson I am a senior at The LeMoyne-Owen College. This semester I am doing a journalism internship with The New Tri-State Defender. This takes on added significance this year as TSD devotes a segment of its coverage to MLK50, marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr....
Dr. Willie W. Herenton was the 28-year-old principal of Larose Elementary School – 38126 in South Memphis – when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to the city in support of striking sanitation workers in 1968. The youngest principal in the Memphis City Schools system at the time, Herenton recalls...
by Canisha Robertson Chris Dean knows of a path that will take you from the White House to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The stimulating salute to Dr. King is located in West Potomac Park, next to the National Mall in Washington. At night, the inspiration factor goes way...
Mention “side hustle” to Jeffrey Higgs and you’ve opened one of many doors that lead to his memories of growing up in the J.A. Fowler Homes housing project at 884 Mason St., Apt. 325, Memphis, TN 38126. “One of the side hustles that 8-, 9-, 10-year-old boys had back then...
In April 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped onto the campus of LeMoyne College. Those accompanying him included Nat D. Williams, whose rootedness into what is now ZIP code 38126 would give anyone traveling with him instant neighborhood credibility. Dr. King really needed no such community-cred by this time....