Memphis Sanitation Workers

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated outside his room at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. Many remember where it happened, but don’t remember why the civil rights leader was in Memphis.

King was in town to to assist hundreds of African American men employed as sanitation workers who were on strike.

Rudy Williams spoke to the men who were on the front lines, the hidden heroes behind the historic movement.