MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Thursday Governor Bill Lee announced the Beale Street historic district and WDIA Radio are now stops on the U.S. Civil Rights trail.
The trail is a collection of landmarks that played a role in social justice from the 1940’s to 1960’s.
Beale Street is known for its rich history and More than four million people walk the street every year according to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.
Just a few blocks away is WDIA where Bev Johnson, known as the queen of radio across the Mid-South, was wowed by the honor.
“I think it’s important because we need to know history, and without the trails, people won’t know where they’ve been or where they’re going or whose shoulders they have to stand on to get where they need to go," Johnson said.
“Even in this Civil Rights trail is something that is very important for us to recognize going forward. To make sure that we move forward that our country continues to advance because of Civil Rights,” said Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.
WDIA Radio is the first radio station in the country programmed entirely for African Americans.
The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is another landmark on that U.S. Civil Rights Trail.
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