The National Association for Minority Truckers has declared 2012 as The Year of The Trucker and will host trucker appreciation rallies, convoys and cookouts in various cities.

The association in a release said the "campaign is an effort to bring national awareness to the importance of Americas' trucking community and the role they play in the lives of all Americans. Many of Americas truck drivers often feel as they're profession is overlooked and not appreciated by their fellow citizens."

The culmination of the effort will be at the Third Annual Memphis Annual Trucking Expo presented by NAMT Oct. 13 at the Agricenter International. The Expo will feature a variety of entertainment, career fairs, educational seminars, speakers, kid's zone, a healthy trucker's pavilion, trucker's forum and truck showcase.