MLK50: Dr. King’s “We Shall Overcome” Speech On Display At University of Memphis

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A special piece of history was unveiled Monday to commemorate the MLK50 anniversary in Memphis. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s handwritten “We Shall Overcome” speech is now on display at the University of Memphis.

The message was delivered in Chicago in 1965 and became a rallying cry in the fight for civil rights.

Students say the power of his message can still be felt today.

“It compels you to want to be a better person,” said Ivy Mitchell. “It gives you an up-close and intimate feel of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. And I think it’s a really good look for Memphis.”

“I just thought is an inspiration, a motivation, as my friend said, and also a reminder for us to be a better person, a better people, just a better human race because he died for this,” said Teka Hampton.

The speech and King’s handwritten notes will be on display in the McWherter Library Rotunda at the University of Memphis through April 16th.

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