February is Black History Month in the United States. It’s a time when Americans pay tribute to people and events that shaped the history of African Americans. Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated almost 42 years ago in Memphis, Tennessee. He was there to support striking sanitation workers who wanted higher wages and union representation. Their strike lasted more than two months and ended soon after Dr. King’s assassination. VOA’s Chris Simkins reports that during Black History Month, Dr. King is being remembered for his efforts to help millions of poor people.

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