Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

Family and church members laid a wreath by Martin Luther King Junior's Atlanta tomb Monday to mark the anniversary of his assassination. The MLK Memorial Holiday is recognized in the city of Memphis to remember King's legacy. Local union leaders used the anniversary of Dr. King's assassination to speak out against the City of Memphis' plans to privatize the city's sanitation system. The city says they are trying to cut costs. Union members say this would put their jobs on the line, and Dr. King would have fought to save them. In a scene reminiscent of the days of Dr. Martin Luther King, local union leaders and members gathered in Memphis to rally for workers rights. Rev. Dwight Montgomery, SCLC said, "We need to carry on his legacy by making sure that everybody that is qualified to work, would be provided employment. Those not qualified, that we should train them to be qualified." They're rekindling the same sentiments for which Dr. King ultimately gave his life. Tyrone Rogers, sanitation worker said, "We never thought it would touch sanitation again due to the fact he passed here, he got killed here, but it seems like no one is caring about it and we're to this point now." Dr. King was assassinated on a trip to Memphis in April 1968 to support the city's mostly African-American sanitation workers and participate in a strike that polarized and paralyzed Memphis. Charlie Hubbard, AFSCME said, "You learned how to respect other people and you learn that you can get more with sugar than you can with salt. And just because someone does you wrong doesn't mean you have to do the same thing to them." Dr. King preached patience and peace, a profound legacy that lives on in what these union workers say is struggle that has come full circle. Those union workers also expressed concern over efforts to privatize the Shelby County Jail, school funding issues and proposed cuts to TennCare, all issues union leaders say Dr. King would have fought for.
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