King Assassination Marked With Workers' Rally In D.C. | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

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

Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored'

Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky?

Spending on the Kentucky Senate race might reach $100 million. So what else could that get you in the Bluegrass State? NPR's Tamara Keith finds out when she calls up some local business owners.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

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