Mine Eyes Have Seen, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Journey

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In the unusually cold spring of 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent several weeks shuttling between the Sanitation Workers' Strike in Memphis and his home in Atlanta. Memphis' black sanitation workers had walked out in February demanding union recognition and the same benefits as whites. The city's only offer to their demands thus far had consisted of paternalism, condescension, and silence at the bargaining table. There would be no municipal workers' union in Memphis while Henry Loeb, who was avidly anti-union, was mayor. Despite months of peaceful protest and, finally, a violent confrontation that left one dead, scores injured, and hundreds jailed, both camps remained convinced that theirs was the truly just cause. Dr. King entered the fray with the intention of proving that his passive, non-violent methods were not only morally proper, but also effective as well. With riots across the country the previous three summers, Dr. King knew that his methods were under close scrutiny. In Memphis, where the strikers and the city were at an impasse, he would face the ultimate test during what would become his final, tragic journey. D'Army Bailey draws on his own experiences in the Civil Rights Movement to reflect upon the actions that led to Dr. King's involvement in the Memphis strike. Bailey details the final weeks, from King's disillusionment with persistent strike-bred violence to his steadfast search for an affirmation that the non-violent methods he had preached and practiced throughout his life were, in fact, effective. Using archival photographs from the period, Bailey tells the story of his personal journey from disillusionment with King┐s tactics to his position of leadership as the person who spearheaded the reclamation of the Lorraine Motel (where Dr. King was assassinated) and the construction of the National Civil Rights Museum. In addition, Bailey challenges the citizens of Memphis ┐ and the world ┐ to embark upon their own ┐journey of truth┐ that will, Bailey writes, lead them to the realization that Dr. King┐s non-violence is necessary for all who abhor social injustice of any kind, anywhere.

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D'Army Bailey has enjoyed a long and diverse career as an activist, a politician, an attorney, a writer and columnist, a public servant, and now, a jurist.

Judge Bailey joined hundreds of other students in protest demonstrations against segregation in Baton Rouge, while attending Southern University. He was consequently expelled because of his involvement and finished undergraduate studies at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

After graduating from Yale Law School in 1967, Judge Bailey worked in New York as National Director of the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council.

He practiced law in San Francisco and served as a radical member of the Berkeley, California City Council from 1971 until he was recalled by a conservative coalition in a special election in 1973. However, he returned to Memphis in 1974, began a law practice with his brother, and was elected and reelected to the position of Tennessee Circuit Court Judge in 1990 and 1998 respectively.

The cause for civil rights has been a passion for him. He is the founder of the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the site where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was fatally wounded. Hillary Clinton said about his work building the Museum: "D'Army Bailey gives us as clear a path through the civil rights revolution as anyone could have."

Today Judge Bailey resides in Memphis with his wife Adrienne, and two sons, Justin, and Merritt.

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