AFSCME and Dr. King
Photo Credit: Richard L. Copley
On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Memphis to support AFSCME sanitation workers. That evening, he delivered his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech to a packed room of supporters. The next day, he was assassinated.
- In Memphis: A Special Report from the Southern Regional Council
- 1968 AFSCME Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike Chronology
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Labor
- “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Union Members Help Swell Freedom Marchers’ Ranks (September 1963)
- Memphis Strikers Stand Firm (March 1968)
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