(Obituary ~ 04/04/18)
SIKESTON Jon Robert Scarbrough, 65, died April 3, 2018, at Miner Nursing Center in Sikeston.
50 years ago: Recalling Dr. King's assassination
(Column ~ 04/04/18)
I was a junior in college 50 years ago today attending Memphis State University. It was a turbulent time in American history. I worked on a college newspaper and spent many hours covering the civil rights demonstrations on campus along with the protests against the war in Vietnam. At about the same time, the city was in turmoil with riots and demonstrations by sanitation workers seeking a fair wage and improved benefits. The campus demonstrations were remarkably peaceful. A busload of students was "arrested" for occupying the university president's office and there was some shoving and words exchanged among students protesting the war. The sanitation workers' protests got out of hand a week earlier with substantial damage reported from bricks thrown into windows primarily in the downtown area of Memphis. And then the world changed.