Focus shifts to civil rights museum 40 years after King's death - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Focus shifts to civil rights museum 40 years after King's death

At the National Civil Rights Museum Monday morning, Detroit resident James Mathis toured the exhibits and reflected back on the struggles.
"You had people like Dr. King, who risked their lives and marched in a non-violent protest, went to jail - put their lives on the line - so today you can get on a bus and sit where you want to sit," Mathis said.

Black, white, young, and old, Dr. King is still moving people 40 years after his death.
"I think its important that we don't forget," Judy Agleberg of South Carolina said.

Bruce Agleberg has not forgotten. He toured the museum and teared up with emotion.
"No its not pain. It's a recognition, ah, an understanding and appreciation. Appreciation is the word," Agleberg said.

The Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles was a King assistant and was there that night King died.

Kyles said he hopes as people look back this week at the struggle for civil rights, they will also look forward to finding solution.
"I don't think we will reach a point where we can say the dream has been fulfilled and now we can take a vacation - we can go to the beach," Kyles said. "No, its a work in progress. The dream and each generation is going to have some part in making that dream a reality."

The National Civil Rights Museum is expected to be busy all week.

Friday, the Today show kicks off coverage with a live audience.

The public is invited to the live show.

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