Samuel's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Bon Voyagers

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Memphis, TN

  • AIRED ON:

    Indie: The Bon Voyagers

SAMUEL KYLES

Reverend
Monumental Baptist Church

“There are six billion people in the world…but there's only one you. What will you do with that specialness?”

INTERESTS:

Non-Profit Organizations Philosophy & Religion

THEMES DISCUSSED:

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

civil rights movement, martin luther king

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He was born into a preacher's family-his dad was a minister-and he knew that he would eventually follow that path.
  • Started preaching at age 19, but he was also heavily involved in the ongoing civil rights movement.
  • In February of 1968, he helped galvanize support for striking workers due to low wages and inhumane working conditions.
  • His civil rights work culminated in him inviting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to come to Memphis and march with him.
  • Their march dissolved into violence, leading Dr. King to organize another rally, with Kyles' help.
  • That rally, held at Mason Temple, was where Dr. King gave his infamous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech; the next day, he was assassinated.
  • Kyles still references elements of that speech and the "I Have a Dream" speech today; says their relevance lives on.
  • Says the sooner you "get busy" identifying your calling, the longer you'll be able to start following it, and the greater impact you'll be able to make.

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