15 thoughts on “Memphis workers honour Martin Luther King

    • I read about a 81-year old still working in sanitation (for as long as the privatisation plan will not be implemented, and he might be sacked). I wonder how voluntary that is? Or is it because the pension situation for (ex-)sanitation workers is so bad that they have no choice?


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  3. July 22, 2013

    Watch the full interview with Dr. Cornel West on Democracy Now! at http://owl.li/ncswd. Civil rights groups are gearing up for next month’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to one of the largest political gatherings in U.S. history. Dr. West shares what he would say to the anniversary gathering if he had been invited to speak. “I would say we must never tame Martin Luther King Jr. or Fannie Lou Hamer or Ella Baker or Stokely Carmichael,” Dr. West. “We are going to focus on poor people, working people across the board.”

    Dr. West continues: “[Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.] would not be invited to the very march in his name, because he would talk about drones, he’d talk about Wall Street criminality, he would talk about working class being pushed to the margins as profits went up for corporate executives and their compensation, he would talk about the legacies of white supremacy. Do you think anyone at that march would talk about drones, and the drone president? Or do you think anyone at that march would talk about the connection to Wall Street?”


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  11. Thursday 6th April 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    BLACK Lives Matter and Fight for $15 activists marked the 49th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s murder on Tuesday by leading a march in Memphis, Tennessee.

    Hundreds of supporters of the two campaigns drew attention to causes backed by King which remain unfulfilled today, demanding higher wages and equal rights as they walked from Memphis City Hall to the National Civil Rights Museum.

    The museum is at the site of the former Lorraine Motel where King was shot dead on April 4 1968, in the midst of his Poor People’s Campaign, when he went to Memphis to support striking sanitation workers seeking better pay, safer working conditions and trade union rights.

    Led by a 220-piece band from Talladega College in Alabama, marchers chanted: “This is what democracy looks like.” Some wore T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Show Me $15. Real Change. No Pennies.”

    Rallies also took place in Florida, California, Illinois, Massachusetts and Michigan.



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