King died 50 years ago fighting against economic injustice. Data show the issue still persists.


People carrying union signs and signs with the slogan “I Am A Man” from the 1968 sanitation workers strike gather for a rally on Beale Street in observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis on April 4, 2018. (Rick Musacchio/European Pressphoto Agency)

Fifty years ago today, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he was supporting African American sanitation workers after the public works department refused to compensate the families of two men who died on the job.

For as much attention as King receives for fighting against racial injustice, he spent much of his life speaking out against economic inequality — an issue that is still at the center of many of today’s political conversations.

Yet 50…

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