Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2018

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8 Spring 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Rewind I t was April 1958. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Durham for a voting- rights rally at St. Mark's AME Church, just months after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1957. The act, advanced by the Eisenhower administration, was the first of its kind since the post-Civil War era of Reconstruction and led to the creation of a civil rights commission to investigate voting irregularities and a civil rights division in the Justice Department. At the time, King was immersed in a "Crusade for Citizenship" started Feb. 12 and directed at 11 states, North Carolina among them. "The main function of the campaign is to educate our people on their basis rights," King said. "This movement is not simply a medium of protest." His Durham visit was one of several to the city: During one visit in 1960, captured by a Herald-Sun photographer, Rev. King could be seen walking down Durham's West Main Street and at Woolworth's, the site of today's construction of a 27-story residential tower called One City Center. As for Rev. King's 1958 visit to St. Mark's, Artelia Marsh Perry, now 95, remembers the era well. "The African-American community had a lot of hope at that time," she said via her daughter, Joyce Edwards. "There was a strong sense of hope because it had a very strong sense of direction because of the leadership provided by Dr. King." She, too, was mindful of the next generation. "She was very excited personally because it gave her great hope for her children," Edwards said, noting that Perry at the time had 10 of her eventual 16 children. And that hope turned to action. "All of her children went to college, except one," she said. Just 10 years after his 1958 visit to Durham, the civil-rights leader — whose "I Have A Dream" speech inspired generations — was felled by a sniper's bullet on April 4, 1968, while in Memphis, Tenn. James Earl Ray, a small-time criminal and segregationist, was convicted of the murder and died in prison in 1998. STATE ARCHIVES OF NORTH CAROLINA The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. signing autographs at a voting rights rally at St. Mark's AME Church in Durham in 1958. Martin Luther King Jr. and voting rights

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