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(WSMV Nashville)   Homeless man breaks into Lorraine Motel, site of MLK assassination, looking for a place to sleep. He later emerged and told officials, "I had a dream"   (wsmv.com) divider line 29
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2014-04-24 09:43:55 PM

"Yes, we see the homeless man. He's over there!"


www.thetimes.co.uk

 
2014-04-24 09:44:00 PM
Draem on, subby
 
2014-04-24 09:45:09 PM
They've actually done a lot to that area in the last decade or so.  Much improved.
 
2014-04-24 09:50:18 PM

CruJones: They've actually done a lot to that area in the last decade or so.  Much improved.


They've tried, at least. They did a good job turning the motel into a Civil Rights museum but the area around it is still a crap hole.
 
2014-04-24 09:54:09 PM
Great museum.
 
2014-04-24 10:04:49 PM

TerminalEchoes: CruJones: They've actually done a lot to that area in the last decade or so.  Much improved.

They've tried, at least. They did a good job turning the motel into a Civil Rights museum but the area around it is still a crap hole.


I visited the museum four years ago on the assassination anniversary, and there was a museum protester. She lived in the Lorraine from the early '60's until 1985, when they turned it into the museum and they evicted her. Her protest was against the gentrification of the area and claimed something about the museum being an insult to blacks. She also said she's been homeless ever since, but I call bullshiat.
 
2014-04-24 10:04:58 PM
Nobody has dreams in Memphis, only nightmares.
 
2014-04-24 10:09:03 PM

99.998er: Nobody has dreams in Memphis, only nightmares.


What about people that have a dream of getting the he'll out?
 
2014-04-24 10:13:24 PM
The local news facebook pages have been full of lulz.

Mostly white people saying how the guy should be let go and given a place to live, and that it wasn't a big deal he broke into a "hotel" room.
 
2014-04-24 10:19:08 PM
skinink "Yes, we see the homeless man. He's over there!"

 Actually the Lorraine Motel was one of the pre-eminent black motels, everybody who recorded @ Stax Records stayed there

drunk_bouncnbaloruber Her protest was against the gentrification of the area

I thought that woman was interesting, she was saying that Jim Jarmusch gave her a buncha stuff after they wrapped "Mystery Train"
 
2014-04-24 10:28:23 PM

99.998er: Nobody has dreams in Memphis, only nightmares.


A couple years back a friend had flown down from Alaska for some training exercises in Little Rock. We drove down there to meet her (from Central MO) and we had taken a drive over to Memphis to see some things. We stopped at a McD a little ways down from Graceland and it was one of the oddest experiences for myself. All the workers? Black - and rude. Damn near every table in the business? All colored folk as well. There was one table at the back that was open, which also happened to be a table right next to a little old white lady. After I heard her phone call she might as well have been black as well, she spoke as though she had the upbringing and heart of thug life.

/I didn't get the memo that Memphis does reversed roles segregation days. The atmosphere could have used a bit more immersion but it was quite surreal.
//Not all of it seemed that bad, just the general area surrounding Graceland attractions.
 
2014-04-24 10:35:38 PM
"Anderson is charged with vandalism over $500 and criminal trespassing. He is being held on a $3,000 bond and is due in court Thursday morning."

There, they handled it exactly like Dr. King would have wanted it.
 
2014-04-24 10:35:57 PM
I think it is morbid and inappropriate to go to a place like that as a tourist.
 
2014-04-24 10:37:51 PM

TerminalEchoes: CruJones: They've actually done a lot to that area in the last decade or so.  Much improved.

They've tried, at least. They did a good job turning the motel into a Civil Rights museum but the area around it is still a crap hole.


You don't like south Main? Some good food around there.
 
2014-04-24 11:20:44 PM
I live a bit south of Memphis. Used to work in and out of it every day for the past 7 years. That entire city really has degenerated into a scummy hell hole. So this incident is just par for the course.
 
2014-04-24 11:21:43 PM

Tenatra: 99.998er: Nobody has dreams in Memphis, only nightmares.

A couple years back a friend had flown down from Alaska for some training exercises in Little Rock. We drove down there to meet her (from Central MO) and we had taken a drive over to Memphis to see some things. We stopped at a McD a little ways down from Graceland and it was one of the oddest experiences for myself. All the workers? Black - and rude. Damn near every table in the business? All colored folk as well. There was one table at the back that was open, which also happened to be a table right next to a little old white lady. After I heard her phone call she might as well have been black as well, she spoke as though she had the upbringing and heart of thug life.

/I didn't get the memo that Memphis does reversed roles segregation days. The atmosphere could have used a bit more immersion but it was quite surreal.
//Not all of it seemed that bad, just the general area surrounding Graceland attractions.


Colored folk?

She might as well have been black as well, she spoke as though she had the upbringing and heart of thug life?

What were you there for, the Klan meeting?
 
2014-04-24 11:35:00 PM

bigvicproton: Tenatra: 99.998er: Nobody has dreams in Memphis, only nightmares.

A couple years back a friend had flown down from Alaska for some training exercises in Little Rock. We drove down there to meet her (from Central MO) and we had taken a drive over to Memphis to see some things. We stopped at a McD a little ways down from Graceland and it was one of the oddest experiences for myself. All the workers? Black - and rude. Damn near every table in the business? All colored folk as well. There was one table at the back that was open, which also happened to be a table right next to a little old white lady. After I heard her phone call she might as well have been black as well, she spoke as though she had the upbringing and heart of thug life.

/I didn't get the memo that Memphis does reversed roles segregation days. The atmosphere could have used a bit more immersion but it was quite surreal.
//Not all of it seemed that bad, just the general area surrounding Graceland attractions.

Colored folk?

She might as well have been black as well, she spoke as though she had the upbringing and heart of thug life?

What were you there for, the Klan meeting?


Even worse, a hamburger at mcdonalds
 
2014-04-24 11:35:13 PM
The least thing that Dexter could have done to honor the memory of Dr. King would be to take a white woman to bed with him.
 
2014-04-24 11:38:39 PM
How long are we going to MLK this, Harvey?
 
2014-04-24 11:47:28 PM

bigvicproton: What were you there for, the Klan meeting?


Psh if that were the case do you think I would let a black person cook my food and serve me?  Wait a second... that doesn't sound right at all. Good thing I'm not out around plantation country.

/I could have used better words - but I wanted these words for my story
//Really our week stay down south was a bit odd in general outside tourist locales (white population included).
 
2014-04-24 11:55:31 PM

Noishkel: I live a bit south of Memphis. Used to work in and out of it every day for the past 7 years. That entire city really has degenerated into a scummy hell hole. So this incident is just par for the course.


Spent three months there at st judes a few years back with my daughter. I love the hospital and how we were treated by the city folks, but the abject poverty next door was quite eye opening.
 
2014-04-25 12:07:53 AM

piledhigheranddeeper: Spent three months there at st judes a few years back with my daughter. I love the hospital and how we were treated by the city folks, but the abject poverty next door was quite eye opening.


Brain Cancer or Leukemia?
 
2014-04-25 12:45:35 AM
Very proactive of them to put beds in a museum.
 
2014-04-25 01:33:31 AM

DubtodaIll: Very proactive of them to put beds in a museum.


The Lorraine Motel, the hotel were we lost Dr King, was rebuilt into the National Civil Rights Museum.  Part of the motel was preserved as it was.
 
2014-04-25 04:32:41 AM

Twist2005: "Anderson is charged with vandalism over $500 and criminal trespassing. He is being held on a $3,000 bond and is due in court Thursday morning."

There, they handled it exactly like Dr. King would have wanted it.


Read my mind on this.
 
2014-04-25 06:40:25 AM
...you'll be swell, you'll be great, gonna have the whole world on a plate...
 
2014-04-25 06:42:34 AM

CruJones: TerminalEchoes: CruJones: They've actually done a lot to that area in the last decade or so.  Much improved.

They've tried, at least. They did a good job turning the motel into a Civil Rights museum but the area around it is still a crap hole.

You don't like south Main? Some good food around there.


Oh yeah, totally good food! I just got tired of all the scammers and people asking me for money. The closer you get to Beale the worse it gets.
 
2014-04-25 06:45:27 AM

Tenatra: bigvicproton: What were you there for, the Klan meeting?

Psh if that were the case do you think I would let a black person cook my food and serve me?  Wait a second... that doesn't sound right at all. Good thing I'm not out around plantation country.

/I could have used better words - but I wanted these words for my story
//Really our week stay down south was a bit odd in general outside tourist locales (white population included).


I never understood why "colored people" was bad but "people of color" was okay. It's pretty much the same description with the words reversed.
 
2014-04-25 10:30:34 AM
The Lorraine was one the few motels that would allow black artists to lodge while on tour in the 60's.
Musicians who traveled to the city to lay down tracks for Stax Records often stayed at the Lorraine. Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. and the MGs, and others wrote songs in the motel.

Steve Cropper wrote "Knock on Wood" during a big rain storm. Eddie Floyd who made it a big hit said "We had the melody down, but we struggled with the lyrics, Steve and I set out to write a song about superstition, but then there was a flash and a boom, that's when I came up with "It's like thunder, lightning, the way you love me is frightening"
 
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