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Eight Weeks in 1968

June 9, 2013

Two months in the spring of 1968 changed the world, and Memphis, and me, forever. I was too wrapped up in the narcissistic ebullience of youth to realize it, I am ashamed to say. It takes some of us a little longer to gain perspective and wisdom.

Thursday, June 6, marked the 45th anniversary of Bobby Kennedy’s assassination. It occurred just a few blurry, confusing, discombobulating weeks after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was slain in a Memphis that died with him.

The following year, Moms Mabley became the oldest pop star in history when her rendition of “Abraham, Martin and John” hit the Top 40. Thanks to Charlotte Bergmann for posting this deeply moving video  on her Facebook page.

[Email followers click here for video.]

Listen now and reflect, if you’re old enough, on what we learned, what we lost, what is still broken in Memphis, in our relationships with one another, and in our hearts. And if you aren’t old enough to remember 1968, hold those of us who do accountable for how we should now live.

What do you remember about the spring and summer of 1968?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2013 12:51 pm

    What a stunning performance. Thanks for sharing.

  2. arundelwymiller permalink
    June 10, 2013 4:49 pm

    Listened to the video. Very moving.

    Thanks for your blog. In 1968 I was in Madison, WI and did not experience what Memphis went through.

    Love, Arundel


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