This weekend and Monday, the federal holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, communities across the United States are remembering the life and legacy of King, the only African American to have a monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
We all know what he did, from Selma to D.C., from marching in the streets to sharing his dream from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. But he was also known locally as someone who came to Durham several times in the 1950s and ’60s and had planned to visit here again in early April 1968. Instead he went to Memphis, Tennessee, where sanitation workers were striking, and was, as you know, assassinated.
When King came to Durham in 1956 at the invitation of the Durham Business and Professional Chain, he spoke at the old Hillside High School. During other visits, he spoke at the downtown Jack Tar Hotel, at the