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“I AM 2018” CAMPAIGN TO MARK 50TH 

ANNIVERSARY OF SANITATION STRIKE
IN MEMPHIS AND THE ASSASSINATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
AFSCME and COGIC 
Join Together to Recognize a Turning Point in the Civil Rights Movement
Washington, DC (August 23, 2017) — As the shocking events of Charlottesville, bolstered by the incendiary rhetoric of Donald Trump, stir nightmarish visions of the 1960s, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) a
AFSCME President Lee Saunders stresses the importance of the “I AM 2018” campaign at AFSCME headquarters in Washington, DC as Rep. John Lewis, COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. and NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith listen.

nd the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) are embarking upon a major commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and Dr. Martin Luther King’s final “Mountaintop” speech; events that led up to Dr. King’s assassination and transformed the civil rights landscape forever. On June 27th, AFSCME and COGIC launched the “I AM 2018” CAMPAIGN, designed to connect the legacy of the strikers and Dr. King to the current issues facing our nation.

States AFSCME President Lee Saunders, “AFSCME emphatically and unequivocally condemns the Nazi white nationalists who spewed vile bigotry and incited domestic terrorism two weeks ago. Now is a moment for all Americans who believe in freedom and justice, in tolerance and inclusion, to stand up and speak out. In light of this, our union has been on the front lines of the civil and racial justice struggle for decades. In the c
Representative John Lewis offers his thoughts during the June 27th launch of the “I AM 2018” Campaign in Washington, DC.

oming year, through the “I AM 2018″ initiative we have launched, we will honor the memory of Dr. King a half-century after he was assassinated during a trip to Memphis to support striking AFSME sanitation workers.”

Location: 1625 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036.