April 4, 1968 is a tragic day in our country's history. It marks the day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN.
Bassist/composer Marcus Shelby, whose family is from Memphis, TN, pays tribute to Dr. King on April 4 with 4 new videos featuring music from Shelby's widely acclaimed CD Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."
This is a very personal project for Shelby, who had several family members in the I Am A Man" march and several who were arrested in the struggles.
The videos include Memphis: I Am A Man," Soul of the Movement," We're a Winner" and Take My Hand Precious Lord."
As Shelby says: I've got two daughters and I wanted them to keep the story going. Getting it from my ancestors and passing it onstory telling is an African tradition and African-American tradition. I feel blessed I had the opportunity to do my part.