A student stands in a museum gallery, facing a diorama of the sanitation worker strike in April 1969.

MLK50

April 4, 2018, will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, TN. As part of the larger MLK50 commemorations happening throughout the city of Memphis, Rhodes College has prepared this site to be used as a resource by members of the media, history faculty in high schools and colleges, other scholars, those with interest in the American Civil Rights movement, and the Rhodes community. 

Rhodes faculty have studied the history of the American Civil Rights movement and the legacy of Dr. King in depth, and are available to share their expertise. Many Rhodes alumni were deeply involved as students in the activities that brought Dr. King to Memphis in the spring of 1968. In addition, through the Crossroads to Freedom project, Rhodes has recorded and archived the stories of Memphians who lived through those turbulent days. This site will provide resource materials, an experts list, written reflections, and oral histories from witnesses to the events that changed Memphis, the nation, and the world.