Rabbi Ben Kamin is an op-ed contributor to The New York Times,
a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and a renowned
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Room 306: The National Story of the Lorraine Motel
2013 IPPY Award winner
A tragic landmark in the civil rights movement, the Lorraine Motel
in Memphis, is best known for what occurred there on April 4, 1968.
As he stood on the balcony of Room 306, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
was assassinated, ending a golden age of nonviolent resistance, and
sparking riots in more than one hundred cities. Formerly a seedy,
segregated motel, and prior to that a brothel, the motel quickly
achieved the status of national shrine. The motel attracts a variety
of pilgrims�white politicians seeking photo ops, aging civil rights
leaders, New Age musicians, and visitors to its current incarnation,
the National Civil Rights Museum. A moving and emotional account
that comprises a panorama of voices, Room 306 is an important
oral history unlike any other.