LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Mayor Jim Gray declared April 4, 2018 P.R.I.D.E. (People’s Rights In Demanding Equality) Day in the city.
It’s in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Lexington’s Division of Waste Management.
A celebration was held Wednesday night, at the waste management center.
Throughout the evening, speakers shared their memories of Dr. King and the day he died. Music, poetry and speeches echoed through the building, all in rememberance, and honor, of the work Dr. King did, fighting for the rights of sanitation workers.
Dr. King was in Memphis, Tn., to march with sanitation workers on strike, when he was shot.
Organizers of Wednesday’s event say though conditions have improved for those in the division, they continue to fight for some of the same things Dr. King fought for 50 years ago.
Sanitation workers say they sometimes feel like people see them as if they’re of lower status, but they want everyone to know they’re people too. They hope remembering what Dr. King was doing to support them will help others see that.