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Wendi C. Thomas @wendi_c_thomas
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Hi, visiting journalists! Welcome to Memphis. A few things. 1. Don’t eat tourist barbecue.

2. You may encounter folks who will insist this city has come so far since ‘68.

Ask them for proof. Like data, not their feels. Anecdotes aren’t evidence. #MLK50 @MLK50Memphis
Some data: 88 percent of senior executives in the Memphis area are white. The metro area’s workforce is 51 percent black.…
Many large employers are glad to put their name on an event and toss a nonprofit some coins, but ask them if they pay workers enough to live on. #MLK50…
Also, we’re having lots of discussions about poverty - but not with people experiencing poverty.…
“City leaders’ desire to present a polished image to the world sometimes veers into desperation. It is as if we’re fluffing the couch cushions and hoping our guests don’t notice the holes in the roof.”…
Memphis’ mayor ran on a law-and-order campaign. Sound familiar?…
Looking for a MLK quote to use? Skip the dreamy black and white kids holding hands. Start here:…
If you haven’t read @ElenaDelavega7 poverty research, do.…
Key findings... especially #6.
Talk to local activists. Maybe the ones arrested Tuesday will be out. Talk to the family of #StephonClark. Or see if you can find Larry Payne’s sister. He was the 1st person killed in connection with the strike. MLK was the 2nd.…
Basically, just read
And we appreciate all donations, which are tax-deductible. #MLK50 @MLK50Memphis
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