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Sanitation Workers Before & After MLK’s Last Speech

Most people are familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, but many don’t know the speech he delivered the night before his assassination was delivered to striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee.

James Campbell drives an automated waste disposal truck in north Fort Worth. He makes his routes when most people have a day off.

“We work the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day,” Campbell said.

But Campbell and his employer, Waste Management, are aware working MLK Day has a little more meaning for the sanitation industry.

MLK was in Memphis to support a sanitation worker’s strike spurred by dangerous working conditions and a vastly underpaid minority workforce.

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