Thomas: MLK's Fight for Economic Justice in Memphis Means Changing "Systems and Institutions"

Jun 16, 2017

Wendi C. Thomas is editor of the MLK50 Justice through Journalism Initiative in partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum
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The journalist and occasional provocateur Wendi C. Thomas recently penned an article for the Christian Science Monitor about the ongoing economic challenges facing the City of Memphis fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. She says that while poverty-fighting initiatives here can make a difference, laws must be changed at the state and federal level to address longstanding inequity.

Thomas is currently editor of the MLK50 Justice Through Journalism Initiative at The website hosts an ongoing conversation about our city’s challenges with race and poverty.

Below are additional links mentioned in this interview.

MICAH: Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope.

Slingshot Memphis: Finding solutions to poverty through investment principles.

LITE Memphis: Let's Innovate Through Education