Fullilove honors Dr. Martin Luther King in council meeting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Fullilove honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in council meeting

(WMC-TV) - A request to play excerpts of Dr. King's Mountaintop speech during a council meeting Tuesday was was initially denied.

But Memphis Councilwoman Janis Fullilove had her way - after meeting resistance, she eventually got her wish to play an excerpt of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior's Mountaintop speech during the council meeting.

"Dr. King not only changed this city, but he changed the world," she said.
   
Last week, Council Chairman Bill Morrison denied Fullilove's request to play the speech, saying it was not protocol so she could have a moment of silence.
   
Fullilove resubmitted her request, and Morrison granted her personal privilege time.

Morrison was not at Tuesday's meeting.

"At the particular time when he told me I could not do that, I just don't think he had a clear knowledge of what it is that I wanted to do," Fullilove said.

Fullilove also made a public apology to King's surviving children Tuesday.

"The city has never apologized to the King family for the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior," she said.

Fullilove said it was not just personal, and that it was about healing Memphis.

"When I was 18-years-old, I was on stage with him when he gave his Mountaintop Speech.  And in the days following his death during the riots I was shot at by a Memphis Police officer," she said.

"The citizens of Memphis were embarrassed and ashamed but redemption time has come now.  And for us to cleanse ourselves and to move on, I think this is very necessary."

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