As a designer, much of my inspiration comes from a variety of different aspects of my life. One of those detailed aspects is my passion for traveling, which I prefer to do internationally, but when I am not out of the country, I make sure that I enjoy my travels wherever I visit. With that said, several months ago, I decided to take a trip that would not only become an inspiration but a conscious experience as well. This trip is called MLK50. It unravels the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and it details every aspect of his life’s story, challenging history, as well as leading up to his fatal death. With that said, I was beyond inspired that I had an opportunity to learn what transpired throughout his life, but I felt hurt, relieved, pissed, shocked, disturbed, and a million and one other emotions all at the same time.

Even though there was so much information that I had to absorb, it was well worth every moment of my time in Memphis, TN because finally, the different pieces of his life are now in the correct order. However, unraveling the truth, years of covered lies and hidden mysteries, along with seeing the actual evidence displayed in a museum, this revealed a solid fact that the world has some very evil individuals. I am not shocked, but it is a shame and sad that some people in the world are hiding behind a giant facade that continues to circle the globe with such distributing and unjustly hatred. Moreover, with my eagerness to learn and discover accurate knowledge, I managed to put my feeling aside, and dive deep into learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Furthermore, during my visit, I toured the Stax Museum, which was crazy amazing to see the life story of people such as Ike and Tina, Isaac Hayes, and many more. I also toured The National Civil Rights Museum, did what is called The Heritage Tour, and visited the Lorraine Motel (location of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr). From the day he was (born: January 15, 1929, Atlanta, GA until his death: April 4, 1968, St. Joseph's Hospital, Memphis), the questions that I had pondered for years were answered. Even though the tragedy behind his life became a reality to me during my trip, I finally could remove the question mark from a Historical Chapter in History.

Below: Photos from MLK50.

Set 1: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached his last sermon at the Mason Temple, the World Headquarters of the Church of God in Christ in Memphis on April 3rd, 1968. He gave his fantastic speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” and I had the privilege to sit, breathe, and smile within a Historical Atmosphere.

Set 2: Lorraine Motel where the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took place, which was on April 4, 1968.

Set 3 and 4: Stax Museum where memorabilia feature Superstars such as (IKE & TINA and Isaac Hayes)

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After taking in an enormous amount of history during my stay in Memphis, TN, my last day was slowly approaching. So, the evening was spent on Beale Street taking in the sites, massive crowds, and to savor my last and final meal, which was at Blues City Cafe - OMG, the food was beyond fantastic!

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Principal Interior Designer and founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Company), Kimberly has been slaying interiors since forever. She refuses to partake of what is known as ordinary when it comes to designing interior or exterior spaces. Kimberly already acknowledges that she is considered a rare breed when it comes to splashing her signature touch within a space. She loves designing fabulous interiors & exteriors. She is obsessed with super bold color, the phrase I dare you, and lives for going outside the box when creating a unique and powerful wow factor. Kimberly is definitely not afraid to break some major design rules!