Fifty years after Martin Luther King’s assassination in Memphis, Martha Park gives examples of lynchings of African Americans in that city at the end of the nineteenth century, illustrating how “[b]eing too rich or too poor could have fatal consequences for African-Americans.”  Some of the victims were friends of Ida B. Wells, anti-lynching crusader, who wrote about the crimes.  Warning: Article includes graphic details of lynchings.  To read the article, click here.