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Governor Haslam Visits Memphis on MLK Day

January 20, 2011

 To begin his first official week in office, Governor Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, joined Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. in Memphis on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for a number of activities that paid homage to the legacy of this civil rights icon. 

The day started with the King Day program at MIFA followed by Governor Haslam, Mrs. Haslam, and Mayor Wharton delivering MIFA meals to homebound seniors. 

A trip to the National Civil Rights Museum and radio interview led up to the Governor and the Mayor assisting in presenting the National Civil Rights Museum Awards to Basketball Hall of Famers Willis Reed and Lenny Wilkens, as well as the iconic baseball legend Willie Mays, in the pre-game ceremony at the Memphis Grizzlies’ Martin Luther King Day Game. 

Governor Haslam, Mrs. Haslam, and Mayor Wharton joined hundreds of attendees at the Annual “Operation PUSH” King Celebration held at Monumental Baptist Church later that afternoon. 

As is widely-known, Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles, Monumental’s pastor, spent time with King during his final hours at the Lorraine Motel and was a witness to the tragic assassination (an award-winning documentary by HBO recounted Reverend Kyles unique perspective of that day and time: http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-witness-from-the-balcony-of-room-306/index.html).

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