Memphis sanitation workers to be honored in play

1968, current sanitation workers honored

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis sanitation workers of the past and present will be honored in a play Saturday.

The workers will be recognized during the performance of “King and the 13 Hundred”.

The play is an "urban socio-drama" honoring the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers that drew Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis in support of them.

The event is presented by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis Youth City Council.

Officials said this is a good opportunity to educate youth.

“Trying to make sure our young people under the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and also let them understand about the legacy that the 1968 sanitation workers had to do to provide an opportunity for them today,” said Director Ike Griffith.

"King and the 13 Hundred" will be performed at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts Saturday at 6 p.m.

Admission cost is three canned goods or one jar of peanut butter, in an effort to replenish the Mid-South Food Bank.

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