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Panel Discussion Commemorates Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior

Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior
Courtesy of IFC Films
Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior

Monday night, a screening of a documentary about the untimely death of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior was held at A-State. The documentary, "At the River I Stand" was shown. It tells the backstory about the causes of the strike of the Memphis Sanitation workers in 1968...a situation that King would get involved with. He was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis the night of April 4, 1968. Those who spoke during the panel discussion which followed the screening were:

-- Emma Agnew, a native of Memphis and president of the Craighead County Branch of the NAACP;

-- Dr. James D. Conway, assistant professor of history and coordinator of African American Studies;

-- Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, dean of the Graduate School and James and Wanda Lee Vaughn Endowed Professor of History;

and -- Rev. Dr. Ray Scales, pastor emeritus of New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesboro, and a founding member of the Craighead County Dr. Martin Luther King Committee.

Click on the Listen button to hear the comments. Our apologies for the places where the audio may be a little hard to hear.

Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.