Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Memphis and attend the I AM 2018 rally. It was one of the most memorable moments in my life, particularly because I was able to be part of history. As you know, 50 years ago MLK gave his historic Mountaintop speech at the Mason Temple before he was assassinated the next day.
But also I learned about the sanitation workers strike, the turmoil those 1,300 african american men endured and their plight to be treated simply as a human being. In a time when when Jim Crow law was strictly enforced, those brave men stood up and demanded the right to be recognized by the city as MEN. It made me proud to part of the labor movement and to be reaping the benefits that organized labor has fought so hard for over the years.
The following day I went to the unveiling of the I AM A MAN sculpture at the I AM A MAN Plaza which sits beside the Clayborn Temple where the sanitation workers led one of their marches and also the starting point of the silent march led by Coretta Scott king on March 8th, days after MLK was assassinated.
Not far from the Clayborn temple was the civil rights museum. I toured the museum and was also able to go inside the Lorraine Motel where MLK took his last breath on the balcony. I learned about his journey on the path to equality for all people, NOT just African Americans but for everyone. To read about his accomplishments, hear his speeches and see how far he has brought us gave me motivation to make a difference, anywhere I can.
Labor runs deep throughout Memphis and I am thankful that I was given the chance to experience it all