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NAACP Honors Memphis Sanitation Workers Who Went On Strike In 1968

Some 1,300 black men from the Memphis Department of Public Works went on strike 50 years ago to protest poor working conditions. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about them a day before his assassination.

In 1968, 1,300 black men from the Memphis Department of Public Works went on strike after a malfunctioning truck crushed two garbage collectors to death.

The strike led to marches

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