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I AM DSNY

After two sanitation workers, Echol Cole & Robert Walker, were crushed to death on the job, 1,300 of their AFSCME Local 1733 brothers stood together, risked everything, and went on strike. They demanded dignity and respect. They marched in the streets carrying placards with four simple, but powerful words: “I AM A MAN.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. traveled to Memphis to rally the community and express his solidarity because he understood the connection between labor rights, economic rights, human rights, and civil rights. On the evening of April 3, Dr. King delivered his famous “Mountaintop” speech. On April 4th, he was gunned down on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of this watershed moment. On April 4, 2018, DSNY will honor Dr. King’s legacy and the courage and ultimate sacrifice made by sanitation workers Echol Cole & Robert Wagner.