UPWA: Pioneers in African American history

Leaders of the United Packinghouse Workers of America marched in support of striking Memphis sanitation workers in April 1968, just before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King there April 4. From left, Russell R. Lasley, UPWA international vice-president, District 1 Director Charles Hayes (later member of Congress), and International Rep. Addie Wyatt (later international vice-president of the union and a founder of the Coalition of Labor Union Women).