50 years ago….and 6:00pm…..shots rang out at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
Dr. Martin Luther King would be pronounced dead one hour later.
On the Tennessee Tech campus that April evening in 1968….Cookeville’s Morris Irby heard the news.
Morris Irby attended Cookeville’s Darwin School, the African American school that burned in 1963. Leaders decided to integrate Cookeville High School after the fire….and Irby would use that step toward an athletic career at Tennessee Tech.