Protesters march in support of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike

Credit: Published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar; Photo courtesy of "Volunteer Voices: The Growth of Democracy in Tennessee" and the Civil Rights Digital Library

Has Memphis Moved Toward Economic Equality 50 Years Since MLK's Death?

March 30, 2018

In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent his last weeks supporting Memphis sanitation workers who were striking for better wages and safer working conditions – protests illustrated by the iconic “I Am A Man” sign. The laborers negotiated higher wages after the strike was done, but did these protests make lasting change in Memphis?


BONUS: Read Wendi Thomas' op-ed in the New York Times!

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