Posted on August 5, 2011

United in prayer: March honors legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Scott Carroll, Commercial Appeal, August 1, 2011

Standing near the entrance to Downtown’s Clayborn Temple Sunday evening, Nina Tayloe grabbed the hands of 75-year-old Brown Berry, dropped to her knees and cried out for forgiveness.

“Forgive me,” she said. “Forgive me on behalf of my family for the ugliness of that time . . . but praise God, we have a beautiful Lord who brings about hope and restoration.”

Berry, a young black man in Memphis during the civil rights movement and sanitation workers strike, nodded his head in acceptance and embraced the 59-year-old white woman.

Before the crumbling steps of a shuttered church closely associated with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., more than two dozen people–including clergy from Christian denominations across Memphis–gathered at 6 p.m. for a prayer march remembering his legacy.


Prayers were focused on family, church, education and the upcoming “Great Day of the Dreamers,” an event commemorating the 48th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” as well as the dedication of a memorial in his honor in Washington.