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Pres. Obama Meets with Memphis Sanitation Workers

April 29, 2011

President Barack Obama talks with participants from the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike
President Barack Obama talks with participants from the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike, an iconic campaign in civil rights and labor rights history, during a meeting in the Map Room of the White House, April 29, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson.)

From the White House:

The President met today at the White House with eight participants in the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike, an iconic campaign in civil rights and labor rights history, when public workers banded together for dignity, respect and a better life. Dr. King and leaders of the civil rights movement joined these men 43 years ago on the picket line, recognizing that economic justice and social justice are part of the same aspiration for human dignity.

The President invited the living participants in the Memphis Sanitation Strike to honor their courage, and their fight on behalf of all workers for safe conditions, respect in the workplace and a better life for themselves and their families. As workers across the country continue to face challenges to their rights, the issues for which these men fought continue to be relevant and the President remains committed to the causes for which they marched.

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