‘ROOM 306: The National Story of the Lorraine Motel’ wins a 2013 ‘IPPY’ Award!
RABBI BEN KAMIN
San Diego, California
Scholar and Educator on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
FOUNDER OF 'RECONCILIATION: The Synagogue Without Walls'
Multicultural and Interfaith expert
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Visiting Professor at Hiram College, Ohio
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After over thirty years in high-profile and senior synagogue and agency positions, the publication of several books and hundreds of spiritually and community-based Op-ed and magazine pieces, countless electronic and print media interviews about his multicultural and religiously inclusive convictions, Rabbi Ben Kamin’s eighth book is now in print and available on Amazon. The launch of ROOM 306: The National Story of the Lorraine Motel, took place at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. on April 4, 2012, the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King.
Continuing his work as a scholar and writer on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement generally, Ben Kamin has now completed the first-ever chronicle of the hard-fought and bitter effort to save the Lorraine Motel, site of the assassination of Dr. King, from decay and foreclosure and its transition into the now flourishing NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM at the LORRAINE MOTEL in Memphis. The book is written as an oral history and includes storytelling and recollections from a host of civil rights icons, including Julian Bond, Maxine Smith, Rev. James Lawson, and "The Witness," Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles--who stood steps from King at the moment of the assassination.
NOTHING LIKE SUNSHINE:
A Story in the Aftermath of the MLK Assassination
“No single writer living in America can communicate the black-white story more evocatively than Ben Kamin.”
--T. George Harris, founder of "Psychology Today," former bureau chief of TIME-LIFE.
This book is a chronicle of Kamin's experiences at Cincinnati's churning Woodward High School in the 1960s, his troubled friendship with a black classmate, and how the legacy of MLK led to their eventual reunion almost forty years later. It is ultimately a tribute to his spiritual mentor, M.L. King. The book was also launched in Memphis, on April 4, 2010.
The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., chronicles key episodes of the American civil rights movement and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally, through its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. Rabbi Ben Kamin has a long association with the Museum.
Having been quoted by Ann Landers, been cited by Congressman Louis Stokes, former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (“Ben Kamin can talk to anybody about anything)”, described by T. George Harris as “the most unique and clear voice in America for worldly spiritualism,” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “one of the key religious spokesmen around”, and by CNN legal correspondent Avery Friedman as “America’s rabbi,” Ben Kamin is now putting his theology, and his understanding of scripture as an “overwhelmingly human song to creation“ into print via the King saga.
Pictured above: Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles, the last surviving witness to the MLK assassination, Rabbi Ben Kamin, Audrey Kamin, outside Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
The National Story of the Lorraine Motel
"A worthy and well-timed project and a prime subject for an oral history."
--HAMPTON SIDES, author of Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin