Since Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, many things have changed for minorities in America; some for the better, and some for the worse. THE POVERTY REPORT: MEMPHIS SINCE MLK, presented by National Civil Rights Museum, in partnership with the University of Memphis Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, details how African Americans and the poor have fared in Memphis and Shelby County over the past 50 years. This country has experienced a cycle of significant events that have impacted social change. The museum was compelled to chronicle the economic impact of the past 50 years on Memphis.

Elena Delavega, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Memphis, is the researcher and presenter of the report. Tom Jones, Author and Lead Consultant, SmartCity Memphis, is the moderator.

Panelists include:

  • Rev. Dr. Stacy Spencer, Sr. Pastor, New Directions Church and President, MICAH
  • Wendi Thomas, Editor and Founder, MLK50 Justice Through Journalism
  • Josh Spickler, Executive Director, Just City;
  • Brad Watkins, Executive Director, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center
  • Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson MD, President and CEO, United Way of the Mid-South

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