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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 1, 2018
More than 100 people today gathered in Memphis at the city marker that denotes the deaths of Robert Walker and Echol Cole 50 years ago, The Commercial Appeal reports. It was the deaths of Walker and Cole on Feb. 1, sanitation workers who perished on the job, that sparked the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike, led by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees labor union. It would be organization around this issue that brought Dr. Martin Luther King to Memphis in April of 1968, where he was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel.