Photo Gallery: The 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers are Honored in Memphis, Tenn.
(June 4, 2011)
- Secretary Solis meets with the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers and their families prior to the event.
- Secretary Solis poses with the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers who attended the event at the University of Memphis.
- Workers from the UAW in Detroit, Michigan created special I Am A Man t-shirts for the event.
- The Chosen Generation choir opens the program by singing How Excellent/Total Praise.
- Family members of the workers watch the program.
- Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham, Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Memphis and the daughter of 1968 Memphis Sanitation Worker the late Jake Phillips, welcomes Secretary Solis and Assistant Secretary for Policy Williams Spriggs to the stage.
- Andrea Earle from AFSCME Local 1733 sings the national anthem and the Booker T. Washington High School Army JROTC Color Guard presents the colors.
- Secretary Solis delivers remarks. Featured on stage: Assistant Secretary for Policy William Spriggs, 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Rev. Cleophus Smith, and Jenice Thomas Mays, eldest daughter of the late S.T. Thomas, a 1968 Memphis Sanitation Worker.
- The 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers listen to the program.
- Jenice Thomas Mays, who represented the family members, imagines what her late father would have said about being inducted in the Labor of Hall Fame, believing he would say “What a mighty day.”
- Rev. Cleophus Smith, who represented the 1968 workers, speaks about the hard times they faced during the strike
- Secretary Solis poses with students and staff from the Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps in Memphis who attended the event.