NAACP hon­ors Mem­phis san­i­ta­tion work­ers from 1968

The Signal - - USA TODAY -

A group of san­i­ta­tion work­ers whose strike 50 years ago brought civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. to Mem­phis is be­ing hon­ored. The sur­viv­ing work­ers are re­cip­i­ents of this year’s NAACP Van­guard Award.

King came to Mem­phis to sup­port the work­ers, who pushed for bet­ter work­ing con­di­tions and higher pay. On April 4, 1968, he was as­sas­si­nated at the Lorraine Mo­tel.

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