MLK50: ‘I Am A Man’ Photo Recreated In Honor Of Dr. King & 1968 Sanitation Strike

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It’s been 50 years since the historic “I Am A Man” photo was taken, and Wednesday, people from all over came to Memphis to recreate the iconic image.

The re-enactment took place on Beale Street to honor the people who participated in the 1968 sanitation workers strike.

Renowned photojournalist Ernest Withers took the original picture. His daughter said the recreation highlights the progress made in the last 50 years.

“We’re going use this day to show that unity exists in Memphis, and that opportunity is widespread,” said Rosalind Withers, Executive Director of the Withers Collection Museum And Gallery. “We are calling out, like King did, every color, every creed of person that are around the world, and we hope to have the rainbow look today.”

The photo will be on display at the Withers Collection Museum.

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