WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

King Assassination Marked With Workers' Rally In D.C.

Play associated audio
Hundreds of workers gathered outside the D.C. offices of Charles and David Koch.
Elliott Francis
Hundreds of workers gathered outside the D.C. offices of Charles and David Koch.

King was in Memphis to support a strike by the city's sanitation workers when he was murdered in 1968. Although his strident support for workers' rights surfaced some year after his civil rights victories, many believe King saw both as one in the same.

Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, says with public employee unions under a growing threat in states such as Maine and Wisconsin, it's time to recall King's dream.

"This work to bring together working people, struggling people, aspiring people -- who make up the great 98 percent of citizens in this county, to defend the rights of migrants in this country to defend the rights of unions in this country is very much what Dr. King was about," he says.

Hundreds of protestors filled the block at 15th and Pennsylavia in Northwest D.C.

NPR

Barbershop: UofL Basketball Ban, Football Concussions And The NFL Women's Summit

ESPN contributor Kevin Blackistone, Bloomberg View's Kavitha Davidson and The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery talk about the UofL basketball team, public opinion of the NFL, and women in sports.
NPR

After Introducing Changes, Keurig Sales Continue To Fall

Despite America's high coffee consumption, Keurig reported disappointing sales this week. Even during its popular holiday selling period, the numbers haven't perked up in recent years.
NPR

On The Clock: Rubio Gets The Most Talking Time In Tonight's Debate

It was the last debate before the New Hampshire primary and Donald Trump was back onstage. Which GOP candidate ended up with the most talking time?
NPR

How Limited Internet Access Can Subtract From Kids' Education

Smartphones are often credited with helping bridge the "digital divide" between people who do and don't have Internet access at home. But is mobile Internet enough for a family with a kid in school?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.