MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Occupy Memphis protesters and members from the SCLC held a rally for economic justice in downtown Memphis on MLK Day.
Thomas Burrell, President of the Black Farmers Association, told abc24.com it was important for him to be there. "Whenever we see or find that there's another aggrieved group we will lend whatever support we can."
Burrell says what the government is doing to hard-working Americans goes against everything the founding fathers stood for. "Here we are the beacon, the shining light on the hill of democracy and we are depriving certain individuals."
Renee Elosiebo told abc24.com she sees similarities with the Occupy movement and a movement Dr. King started decades ago. She said, "Occupy Memphis is pretty much the poor people's campaign."
Occupy Memphis protester Jack Armstrong found it ironic that what they're fighting for now is the same thing Dr. King was fighting for. "He was assassinated here on a garbage strike and one of the things we're protesting is how city and county deal with unions."