Black History Month: A Message From President Cannizzaro
On Feb. 1 at 1 pm, everyone at CSA Headquarters, in solidarity with AFSCME local 1733 in Memphis, observed a one-minute moment of silence to honor the tragic deaths of Memphis sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker. It was their deaths on Feb. 1, 1968, due to dilapidated equipment, which sparked the walkout of 1,300 of their fellow black workers. That strike brought Dr. King to Memphis, where he was assassinated. “It’s important to realize that in Dr. King’s final days, he was lending his wisdom and passion to the labor movement,” said CSA President Mark Cannizzaro. “Dr. King was in Memphis supporting the rights of the sanitation workers, and economic justice and labor rights for all Americans as well. As unions face an onslaught of “right-to-work” legislation and legal decisions, we should all remember that Dr. King early on called right to work ‘a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights.”
Because February is Black History Month, CSA will be posting stories and information relevant to educators on our website and Facebook page.