SEIU 721 members marched in the Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrate and honor the life of the historic civil rights leader.
Marching members waved at spectators assembled on the street while walking the nearly two-mile route along Martin Luther King Jr. and Crenshaw Boulevards. Other members wished a “Happy King Day” to onlookers from a double-decker bus decorated in SEIU 721 banners that followed closely behind the marchers on foot.
Behind the bus followed a St. John’s Mobile health clinic vehicle, and an LA City Sanitation truck — symbolizing King’s historic support for primarily African American workers who walked off the job during the Memphis Sanitation Strike in 1968.
“King was a champion for workers, and, as a sanitation worker, I feel a special connection to his struggle,” said Simboa Wright, Vice President of SEIU 721 and a Wastewater Collection Worker II for LA City, who marched in the parade. “Martin Luther King Jr. Day is about commemorating King’s amazing life, but it’s also about committing ourselves to continuing King’s struggle. I’m proud to say that I see SEIU 721 members working every day to keep King’s dream alive.”