A Moment of Reflection: I AM A Man - Thursday February 1, 2018
Posted On: Jan 30, 2018
A National Moment of Reflection: Remembering Echol Cole and Robert Walker
When: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Time : 12 noon
Please join us for a national moment of reflection in your workplace and offices to remember the Memphis Sanitation workers who were crushed to their death.
On February 1, 1968, Memphis sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker huddled in the back of their truck to seek shelter from a storm. Suddenly, the truck’s compactor malfunctioned, trapping Cole and Walker and crushing them to death.
The tragedy triggered the strike of the city’s 1,300 sanitation workers. They had warned the city about dangerous equipment but were ignored. They were fed up with poverty wages and racial discrimination. They walked off the job and marched under the banner: I AM A MAN. On February 1, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the accident that killed Cole and Walker, we will observe a moment of silence to honor their memory and sacrifice, as we pick up the mantle from the 1968 strikers in the ongoing fight for racial and economic justice.?