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Walking in Memphis, visitors retrace Martin Luther King Jr.'s footsteps

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Shortly after noon, as Sunday services at Memphis' abundant churches conclude, another gathering of the faithful is getting underway at a restaurant popular for its soul food.

"Hi, welcome to The Four Way," owner Patrice Thompson greets every customer, often in quick succession.

Many dressed in their Sunday best, the diners are a diverse crowd - a far cry from decades past, when the folks here were nearly all African-American.

The walls of the 72-year-old restaurant are covered with photos of the celebrities who've eaten here: Singers such as Aretha Franklin and Isaac Hayes, who would

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