As we commemorate the legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let us be reminded not only of his life’s work, but also of the countless men and women who stood next to him until his very last day 50 years ago. Today, it is an honor to introduce to you:
I AM 2018
“I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The night before he passed, Dr. King spoke these words as he was rallying a group of striking AFSCME sanitation workers and community members in Memphis, telling them to rise up and “make America what it ought to be.” The worker protests against unfair wages and lackluster safety centered on four iconic words: I AM A MAN. The slogan’s meaning was clear: workers, people of color, and all those marginalized in society deserved to be treated with dignity and respect — as men, as women, and as human beings.
This year, on the 50th anniversary of his death, we invite you to join us in:
April 2 – 4, 2018
We will celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, renew our commitment to his vision, and train future leaders to accelerate our fight for economic justice and civil reform. Along with COGIC, AFSCME and affiliated religious and community groups and labor organizations, I AM 2018 will send a powerful message of solidarity.
-Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr., Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle