CSA Reps Honor Dr. King’s Legacy
Fifty years ago today, on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee and pronounced dead later that evening. He had traveled to Memphis to support striking sanitation workers; Dr. King believed job rights were civil rights and spent his final weeks fighting for economic justice.
Earlier this year, CSA Headquarters observed a moment of silence, in solidarity with AFSCME local 1733 in Memphis, to honor the memory of Echol Cole and Robert Walker, whose deaths on February 1, 1968 sparked the walkout.
This week, Rosemarie Sinclair, First Vice President of CSA, and Gabriel Gallucci, Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs, visited Memphis to partake in the Mountaintop Conference, consisting of events, speakers, and musical performances to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the sanitation strike and Dr. King’s assassination. They visited the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, attended the Mountaintop Speech Commemoration featuring speeches by his surviving children, and joined elected officials and labor leaders from around the nation to discuss Dr. King’s legacy as well as strategies for tackling today’s most pressing issues regarding racial and economic justice.
The day before his assassination, Dr. King ended his powerful Mountaintop Speech with these prophetic words: “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.”