The Commercial Appeal recently published a story by David Waters about Rev. Fred Morton, a retired local pastor who is involved with the work of the Methodist House of Studies at MTS. The article, titled ‘Piecemeal’ efforts at equality drove this retired Memphis minister to a more radical path, explores Morton’s journey as a pastor and activist.
Waters writes, “Last spring, 78-year-old Morton joined the Tennessee Poor People’s Campaign, which was inspired by King’s Poor People’s Campaign 50 years ago. ‘I had neglected to join that march. I was not going to miss this one,’ Morton said.”
In Nashville, Morton participated in three demonstrations and was arrested twice.
Waters’ story ends with a quote from Morton: “We took advantage of people of color for hundreds of years, and then we blamed the victims for their plight. It’s time we start making amends.”