Rise & Shine: New book examines how far Memphis education has come since Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination

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Renewed attention has been given to Martin Luther King Jr.'s struggle toward economic equality for African-Americans as the nation — and especially Memphis, where he was assassinated — prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his tragic death. At the foundation of his hope for economic advancement for black people was the need for equitable education. Read about the new book published by Campaign for School Equity that examines the progress and challenges of Memphis education then and now.

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