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Waste, Race, and Environmental Justice in Historical Perspective: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1968 Memphis Strike

  • April 04, 2022
  • 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • Virtual

The anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination merits remembering why he was in Memphis on the day he died. This talk describes the structural links between environmental racism and employment in waste management in Memphis, how those inequities led to the city’s sanitation workers striking in the winter of 1968, and some ways in which the alliance between Dr. King’s Poor People’s Movement and the union provided important context for current struggles against environmental racism.

Register for the lecture: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waste-race-and-environmental-justice-in-historical-perspective-tickets-305260772187


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