Worker's unions give back to keep Dr. King's dream alive - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Worker's unions give back to keep Dr. King's dream alive

Today members of several prominent worker's unions gave back to Memphis students in an effort to keep Dr. King's dream alive.

Handing out toys today at Hollywood Head Start in North Memphis, AFSCME's national president Gerald McEntee gave out the first of $15,000 in donated toys, clothing, and educational supplies earmarked for three inner city head start programs.

"Well I think it represents what Dr. King really was practicing. What he was telling us that he needed us to do to care about the least of these and that's what we are doing," union leader Dorothy Crook said.

AFL-CIO members are also making donations this week. They're donation is a brand new computer lab for students at Caldwell elementary.

The students were ecstatic about the donations, and so were the teachers.

"But right now we can take this day as a happy and a great day," Head Start teacher Sandra Hollowell said.

A great day for teachers, a great day for students, and a great time to honor Dr. King by helping future doctors, lawyers and future leaders of this city.

"As head start teachers, head start parents, along with AFSCME...we can change the world. We can make these children better citizens. Better parents. Better what ever they want to be," Netfa Weatherby said.

Some 900 union members from around the country are visiting memphis for the conference. Activities kick off tonight, as members look back at the labor movement and develop strategies for the future.

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