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Martin Luther King Jr. Died 50 Years Ago Today. What's Changed?

Since 1976, February has been reserved for acknowledging the achievements of blacks in a manner that is both pensive and celebratory in nature. By contrast, on February 1, 1968, the city of Memphis experienced a very traumatic start to the month when two black sanitation workers—Echol Cole and Robert Walker—were crushed to death in a garbage compactor. In the wake of the gruesome on-the-job accident, 1300 black sanitation workers went on strike, demanding safer working conditions, a pay raise and union recognition.


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