How Dr. King Changed a Sanitation Worker’s Life | Times Documentaries

How Dr. King Changed a Sanitation Worker’s Life | Times Documentaries


If Dr. King came back and
seen the way things are, he wouldn’t be pleased with it. No, he wouldn’t
be pleased at all. All right. I call us
sanitation engineers because we’re supposed
to run the job, not let the job run us. I was 24 years old
when I started. But back then, it was
a different ball game. Back then, the working
condition, it was unbearable. After three weeks, when
I got my first check, I broke down and cried. We were working full time. And at the same time,
the wages were so low, we was qualified
to get food stamps. We were determined that we was
going to get a union organized, that we would see justice. We were striking about the
wages, fair treatment and dignity. When we heard that Dr. King was
coming to Memphis to help us in that sanitation strike,
we were very surprised. We knew then that
there was somebody that cared about our struggle. We was at Mason Temple
this particular night. Dr. King said, the Lord allowed
me to go to the mountaintop and to look over into
the promised land. And he said, I might
not get there with you, but we will make it
to the promised land. Everybody was just
jubilated, just excited, not knowing
the next day would be a day of silence. Because of Dr. King’s death,
that was one of the reasons that Mayor Loeb went on
and signed that union into a decree. We got what we wanted,
but at the same time, we lost the great leader. “He never thought in terms
of his personal welfare, but always in terms of the cause
which he dedicated his life to.” I really had a lot of animosity. I came from the streets. I was a street thug. And Dr. King was the
one that taught me, through his humility
and his leadership. I said, that’s the
way I’d like to be. “— united will never be defeated. The workers united
will never be defeated. The workers united
will never be defeated. The workers united
will never be defeated.” There are still some unsolved
problems need to be solved. “What do we want?” “15.” “When do we want it?” “Now!” “What do we want?” “15.” “When do want it?” “Now!” It is what it is until somebody
can roll his sleeves up and get out there and fight.

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14 thoughts on “How Dr. King Changed a Sanitation Worker’s Life | Times Documentaries”

  • MLK Jr. was against Affirmative Action: "I have a dream…children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character"

    …and now look at today…disgraceful…

  • Darell Arocho says:

    Cali and New York always there for the people! Probably the main reason why they are the two most successful states in the Nation! Texas and Florida are not far behind, but they still gotta work on some of their problems.

    P.S. I just want people to be able to live happy and comfortable lives regardless of their gender, age, sexuality, or nationality.

  • fuckfannyfiddlefart says:

    Fight for 15! why not ask for 30, bargaining is what the elite like to do best, don't low ball yourself!

  • @1:09. In a 2 week pay period, 90 hours were worked. $1.80/hr. No overtime paid. 45 hour work week. 5 hours per week of OT pay would have been nice, if not the law. Since 1/31/68, the hourly pay rate has gone from $1.80 to $17 currently.
    During the Pres. Kennedy administration, 35 hour work weeks were under national consideration. 7 hour workdays!

  • Elena Gibbons says:

    And why haven’t those 21 states changed to $15 yet? It’s because people are greedy and don’t know when to stop. They are going to deny people basic human rights because they don’t want to give up more of their money.

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