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Has Memphis Moved Toward Economic Equality 50 Years Since MLK's Death?

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Protesters march in support of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike
Published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar; Photo courtesy of "Volunteer Voices: The Growth of Democracy in Tennessee" and the Civil Rights Digital Library
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In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent his last weeks supporting Memphis sanitation workers who were striking for better wages and safer working conditions – protests illustrated by the iconic “I Am A Man” sign. The laborers negotiated higher wages after the strike was done, but did these protests make lasting change in Memphis?

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