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Memphis, 40 Years Ago

This is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had come to support sanitation workers who were on strike. Their placards said, "I am a Man."

There is an excellent article from an exhibit, "I AM A MAN
An Exhibit Honoring the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike," This is from the Reuther Library of Wayne State University.

There was a coincidence which the Memphis Commercial Appeal noted "....What are the odds, eh? Actually, probably pretty good. This is how widespread the interest in this team has become.

"For our city and all that it's been through -- and the feeling the city has for itself sometimes -- this is good," Calipari said.

As he spoke, a nearby television ran coverage of the Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony. It was striking, the timing of everything.

Memphis reliving 1968. Memphis reliving 1973, too.

"It's about hope," said Calipari. "I think there are the kids in the city who think, 'I can't, I won't, I don't deserve ... '"

It is a stretch to say Memphis basketball can change the course of these kids' lives. It is not a stretch to say Memphis basketball players feel that obligation, just the same.

"It's a city with problems," said forward Robert Dozier, "a city with crime."

Well, a victory over the Bruins would be a shot in the arm for Memphis, a first in the Final Four. But, the Bruins really want this one. Memphis is favored by 2.
Bill Plaschke, in the Los Angeles Times, feels that coaching will prevail over athleticism, and he gives the nod to the Bruins. It's pretty convincing to me, even after my concurrence with the Orange County Register's Robert Kuwada, who gives Memphis an edge from its bench strength. Well, all I want to see is UCLA playing its best game, and prevailing, but I can rationalize a loss, if Memphis simply outplays them.

Maybe, it will make a difference to the community. May the best team win, and win again on Monday. I'm debuting an old friend. That's Retro Joe Bruin from the 50's and 60's. So win this one for John R. Wooden.... or Martin Luther King!
Tags: bruin basketball, final four, march madness, memphis
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