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The Assassination of Martin Luther King

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Justice Robert Benham will discuss the history of the strike by the sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee that brought King to demonstrate with the strikers and led to his assassination. He will also present a history of James Earl Ray's movements and history leading up to, and after the killing.


Our Speaker: Robert Benham retired to Santa Barbara in
2013. Previously he served for over 15 years as Judge, Division 1 of the
Probate Court of Shelby County Tennessee. Judge Benham received both
his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University, served
two years with the U.S. Treasury Department and was in the private
practice of law in Memphis, Tennessee for 33 years. In Memphis he was
long active in civic affairs and quasi-governmental affairs serving for 8
years on the Board of Memphis Light Gas and Water Division, the largest
three service municipal utility in the United States. He chaired that Board
for 5 years. Judge Benham served as President of the Memphis Junior
Chamber of Commerce when it brought the Special Olympics to
Memphis, initiated Big Brothers and hosted the Chinese table tennis
team on the first cultural exchange between our countries following
President Nixon's trip to China. He served on numerous other boards. He
and his wife are active in Vistas here in Santa Barbara where they have
both been presenters. His wife, Ann, is a noted author having had six
books published in the field of early childhood education.

Location

Valle Verde, 900 Calle De Los Amigos, Santa Barbara. Parking: First Baptist Church, 949 Veronica Springs Rd. Free Shuttle Service -Call driver at 805-679-3660 . No parking at Valle Verde.