Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated while speaking at a rally in support of striking workers? King had travelled to Memphis, Tennessee in February of 1968 to show solidarity with the labor movement– specifically with African American sanitation workers who had staged a walkout in protest of unequal wages and working conditions. Although MLK was best known for his role in the struggle for civil rights, he was also an important person in labor history. Every year we are proud to march in Martin Luther King Jr.’s honor and join the Monterey Peninsula community in remembering a hero.
This year we were joined by some of our friends in the political arena- United States Congressman Sam Farr, State Senator Bill Monning, Assemblymember Mark Stone, Supervisor Jane Parker, and Seaside Mayor Ralph Rubio- and we made it on TV!