Brownsville mayor speaks at Lane College MLK program

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EAST JACKSON — One week before the nation remembers the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., an event honoring the civil rights pioneer was headlined Wednesday by one of West Tennessee’s own history-making politicians. Brownsville mayor William Rawls spoke at this year’s annual chapel convocation for the late Dr. King. Rawls made history in June of last year when he was elected as Brownsville’s first African-American mayor. Rawls served in the U.S. Army reserves for eight years before become a licensed funeral director. Martin Luther King Jr. was 39 years old when he was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968.

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