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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson announced a plan to increase the living wage for approximately 1,200 employees.

He’ll take his proposal to bring all employees up to a $15 minimum wage before the next board meeting.

“This is an opportunity to lead and an opportunity to honor the legacy of Dr. King,” Hopson said.

Shelby County School officials released a statement saying:

As the second largest employer in the city, we employ a considerable number of SCS family and community members. What better way to honor Dr. King’s legacy than by ensuring that all of our employees receive at least a living wage.