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?
- Wendi Thomas, award-winning journalist and creator of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, a nonprofit reporting project on economic justice. Follow Wendi on Twitter. Follow MLK50: Justice Through Journalism on Twitter.
- Elena Delavega, assistant professor of social work at the University of Memphis. Professor Delavega specializes in the study of poverty. Follow Elena on Twitter.