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Fullilove angry city council won't play King speech during meeting

(WMC-TV) – Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove is fired up after a request to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during an upcoming council meeting was struck down.

Fullilove wanted to honor MLK during the council's meeting on April 3, which coincides with the anniversary of his famous "Mountaintop Speech" the night before his assassination.

Fullilove is threatening a revolt, of sorts if her request to honor King's final speech is not honored.

"If it doesn't happen on that day, I'm gonna ask for a disruption - that we not have a council meeting at all," she said. "We have paid respect to coaches, people in the community, religious leaders and this man changed the entire world."

Fullilove said she only wanted to play a portion of King's speech during the meeting.

But in a series of e-mails chain Council Chairman Bill Morrison made it clear by writing "this has not been done in the past and we will hold to that pattern."

"The chairman said no - we're going to do a moment of silence," Fullilove said, "and I'm like ‘No we're not gonna do a moment of silence.'"

Fullilove does not plan to silence her objection to the chairman's decision.

Morrison did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment, but others said they felt the speech may politicize ongoing tension over a plan to buyout sanitation workers for whom MLK came to Memphis.

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