I AM 2018 Movement Launched in Memphis

4/4/2018, noon | Updated on 4/4/2018, noon
Common, Danny Glover, Andrew Young, Dr. Bernice King, Martin Luther King III, Civil Rights, Labor and Faith Leaders Launch “I ...
As the nation grapples with inequality in communities from coast to coast, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Church of God in Christ (COGIC) recently launched a national effort to ensure that the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1968 Memphis sanitation strikers live on with a new generation of activists.

April 3 - Mountaintop Conference Day 2 @Mason Temple: Panelists included actor Danny Glover, 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike organizer, William Lucy, several original 1968 Strikers and TV ONE news personality Roland Martin.

April 3 - Youth Town Hall @Greater White Stone Missionary Baptist Church, 912 S. Wellington, St.: Among the panelists were actor Hill Harper and journalist Angela Rye.

April 3 - Mountaintop Speech Commemoration @Mason Temple: Among the featured speakers were Martin Luther King III, Dr. Bernice King, Bishop

Blake and AFSCME President


April 4 (8:00 am to 11:00 am) - 1968 Striking Sanitation Workers Kick-Off Rally @AFSCME Local 1733, 485 Beale St.: Performers and speakers include, Common, Sheila E., MC Lyte, NAACP President & CEO, Derrick Johnson, Bishop Blake and AFSCME President Saunders.

April 4 (11:00 am to 12:00 pm) - 1968 Striking Sanitation Workers

Commemorative March to Mason Temple.

April 4 (12:00 pm to 1:30 pm) - 1968 Striking Sanitation Workers

Culminating Moment @Mason Temple: Featured speakers include Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson.

April 4 (2:00 pm to 5:30 pm) - Urban Initiatives Training @Mason

Temple. Over the past few weeks, activists, elected officials, students, workers and other leaders in the “I AM 2018” campaign have been organizing and building support for their work this year and beyond. On February 1, more than 70 cities observed a coordinated Moment of Silence to honor Memphis sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker who were crushed to death in 1968 and sparked the strike of 1,300 fellow workers that brought Dr. King to Memphis.

On February 24, two days before the Supreme Court heard oral

arguments on a case that could threaten workers’ rights, thousands of working people, civil rights, labor leaders and families flooded the streets of every major city to demand freedom from want and hate and call for the U.S. to unrig its broken political and economic systems. Since then, college students and other young filmmakers have been submitting videos that

connect Dr. King’s fight for justice to today’s movements for social change.

The winning submissions, judged by Hans Charles, Dorian Parks, co-founder of Geeks of Color, and award-winning filmmakers Madeleine Hunt Erlich and Shahin Izadi were screened at Mason Temple on April 3rd.