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Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Creator:Memphis press scimitar
Title:Martin Luther King, Jr.
Date:1968 Apr.

Black-and-white photograph from April 3, 1968 taken by the Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. The photograph shows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young, and Bernard Lee exiting an airplane in Memphis. A white pilot stands behind the men, watching other passengers disembark. King and his fellow civil rights workers from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) were in Memphis in support of striking sanitation workers. King planned to lead a peaceful demonstration, but was stopped by court injunction. That night, he gave a speech titled "I've been to the mountain top" at the Memphis Mason Temple. The following day, King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel.

The Memphis Sanitation Workers' strike began on February 11, 1968, following years of dangerous working conditions, discrimination, and the work-related deaths of two African American sanitation workers. Led by local clergy, community members engaged in boycotts, mass meetings, marches, and other civil disobedience in support of the strike. The strike ended April 12, 1968.

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Subjects:King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Young, Andrew, 1932- | Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990 | Lee, Bernard Scott, d. 1991 | Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tenn., 1968 | Strikes and lockouts--Tennessee--Memphis | Sanitation workers--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights movements--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights--African Americans--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights demonstrations--Tennessee--Memphis | Memphis (Tenn.)--Race relations | Race relations | Race discrimination--Tennessee--Memphis | Strikes and lockouts--Sanitation--Tennessee--Memphis | Strikes and lockouts--Refuse collectors--Tennessee--Memphis | African American clergy--Tennessee--Memphis | Clergy--Tennessee--Memphis | African American civil rights workers--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights workers--Tennessee--Memphis | Southern Christian Leadership Conference | Air pilots | Airplanes | United States, Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, 35.1495343, -90.0489801
Collection:1968 Sanitation Workers Strike
Institution:University of Memphis. Special Collections Dept.
Contributors:University of Memphis. Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
Original Material:

1968 Sanitation Workers Strike, PS 90012, University of Memphis Libraries Special Collections, Memphis, Tennessee

Persistent Link to Item:http://idserver.utk.edu/?id=200700000001963