83-year-old sanitation worker remembers marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Memphis man marched with MLK during Sanitation Strike

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis native Elmore Nickleberry remembers the day of Dr. King's assassination at the Lorraine Motel in Downtown Memphis.

The sanitation worker who walked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the sanitation strike of 1968 spoke with WMC Action News 5 about the continued fight for civil rights.

The 83-year-old says he's living out Dr. King's legacy each day. He's spent 61 years working as a sanitation worker for the City of Memphis.

Nickleberry still remembers the first time he heard that Dr. King was coming to help the sanitation workers in Memphis.

"It's wonderful to hear his name because he was a great man," he said. "I figured, if he comes to Memphis and march with us, it would be a better, a better time for me to march because we had to go through a lot of things during that time."

There will be several service events honoring Dr. King's legacy going on across the Mid-South. Click here to see a list.

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