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Sanitation workers prepare to reenact historic march

(WMC-TV) – Memphis sanitation workers are packed up and headed south to reenact history. They'll join thousands of people in Alabama to remember Dr. Martin Luther King's historic march from Selma to Montgomery.

"Workers' rights, immigration rights, I mean all the rights that should be basic civil rights," said sanitation worker Rodriguez Lobbins.

Armed with T-shirts, signs and a message, Lobbins is proud to join the group of about 70 people from Memphis making the trek to Alabama.

"You get a sense of pride," Lobbins said. "You get a sense of feeling the same way when they marched."

King led a march from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery on March 7, 1965. The issue back then was voting rights.

Today, sanitation workers echo a familiar tone.

"The issue of voters' rights, workers' rights are our out of balance economy, our out of balance housing market," Chad Johnson, AFSCME executive director, said while describing some of the reasons union members are reenacting King's march.

Thousands will take part in the march which will culminate with a rally on Friday at the state capitol and that's something Rodriguez Dobbins is ready for.

"It's just a feeling that you get," he said. "I mean, I feel it - the spirit - right now. I am ready to go now actually."

They're marking a moment in history with a mission to march forward.

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