“I AM A MAN” Program Honors 1968 Sanitation Workers

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Hundreds of people filled the Orpheum in downtown Memphis Saturday for the “I AM A MAN” commemoration of the sanitation workers who fought for better working conditions and wages in 1968.
 
Some of those workers were there to witness it.
 
The program included spoken word, music, and a special guest speaker, CNN commentator Angela Rye, who took the city to task saying not enough progress has been made.

“This is day is very important. It shows not only history of where we’ve been but it also shows where Memphis is at now and hopefully to where we can go from here to alleviate any problems of poverty and how to rise as people in the city,” said spoken word artist Emerald Liggins.
 
“Makes me happy and I’m still happy. I’m still enjoying myself,” said Elmore Nickleberry, who has spent decades working in the city’s sanitation department.
 
Nickleberry told reporters he think he will retire after April.
 
MLK 50 events will continue in Memphis this week.
 
The Poverty Forum Tuesday night at the National Civil Rights Museum looks at Memphis poverty in the 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.
 
On Wednesday, Stax Music Academy will be at University of Memphis’ Rose theater commemorating King’s death with a special production on the music that influenced the civil rights icon.

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