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‘I Am A Man’…Decades after MLK death, Memphis jobs in spotlight

FIGHTING AGAIN–Alvin Turner, the Rev. Leslie Moore, Elmore Nickleberry and Baxter Leach, from left, pose for a photo at the headquarters of Local 1733 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees on March 14, in Memphis, Tenn. The men participated in a sanitation workers strike in 1968 that drew the support of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated in Memphis on April 4 of that year. The poster includes the strike’s rallying cry, “I am a man.” (AP Photos/Adrian Sainz) by Adian Sainz Associated Press Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Decades after Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death here, some of the striking sanitation workers who marched with him are again fighting for their jobs.

‘For a life well-lived’…Benjamin Hooks laid to rest in Memphis

by Brittany FitzpatrickReal Times News Service “It sounds like we’re having church here this morning,” said Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles, pastor of Monumental Baptist Church, as he welcomed the approximately 1,000 attendants to the service “Celebrating the Life and Legacy” of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks. There were luminaries aplenty among those who attended the Wednesday (April 21) farewell at the Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ. Among those present were: Dick Gregory; Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Interim Mayor of Shelby County Joe Ford; University of Memphis President Shirley Raines; NAACP President Benjamin Jealous; National Urban League President Marc H. Morial; NAACP Board Chairman Roslyn M. Brock; Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis; Rep. John Lewis (D-GA); Michael Strautmanis, Chief of Staff to the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Engagement; NAACP President Emeritus, Hazel N. Dukes; and Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. During farewell services for Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, his widow, Frances Dancy Hooks, showed the strength, resolve and grace that her legendary husband often spoke of. Dr. Hooks, who died in Memphis on April 15, was buried on Wednesday (April 21.) (Photo by Warren Roseborough/Tri-State Defender)

Facelift planned for Memphis civil rights museum

by Martha Waggoner MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—The sign on the public bus from Montgomery, Ala., invites you to take a seat near the statue of Rosa Parks. No sooner do you sit on the hard, bench-like seat than a voice barks out orders in a distinctly Southern accent, intensifying with each message: “Please move to the back of the bus.” SYMBOL OF RACIAL TENSION—The Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike of 1968 exhibit symbolizes the racial tension that polarized the city which led to riots and the occupation of 4,000 National Guardsmen. The strike became the impetus for Dr. King’s visits to Memphis to organize a nonviolent march as part of the Poor Peoples Campaign. “I need that seat now. Please move back.” “If you can sit there in other buses, suppose you get off and in one of them!” “If you don’t move out of that seat, I’ll have you arrested.” “Get up from there!”