Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Dr. King’s Legacy Honored On 50th Anniversary Of His Death

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Charles Hampton, Mississippi State
Conference NAACP, President
On April 4, 2018, 8:00 a.m., at AFSCME Local 1733, 485 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103, thousands of people will gather for a March and Rally to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the day of the 50th Anniversary of his death.

The NAACP, the American Federation State County Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Church of God in Christ (COGIC), and other civil, human and workers’ rights leaders will gather in Memphis from April 2 to April 4 for a series of events honoring Dr. King’s legacy and the courage and sacrifice of the sanitation workers.

In a letter to the press and NAACP members, President and CEO of the NAACP stated, “In 1968, 1,300 African-American sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike in order to protest hazardous working conditions. On April 3, 1968, Dr. King addressed a group of 10,000 African-American residents, members of the clergy and union members at Mason Temple, the Memphis headquarters of the Church of God in Christ. Just one day after, on April 4, Dr. King was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis.

The I AM 2018 campaign, whose theme is taken from the strikers’ iconic slogan, “I AM A MAN,” will mobilize activists to lead the change in their communities in 2018 and beyond.”

Charles Hampton, the former president of the Winston County Branch NAACP, presently the president of the Mississippi State Conference NAACP, and a resident of Louisville, MS, encourages all to attend this rally. Event will conclude at Mason Temple.

NAACP participants should arrive no later than 7 a.m. CT at
Mt. Olive CME Church ( 2 blocks from where the March starts)
538 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave.
Memphis, TN 38126.
T-Shirts, signs, and banners will be available for all NAACP participants.

President and CEO Derrick titled his letter, “Your Time to March”. You may sign up at www.naacp.org, if you wish to attend or sign up on arrival.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson