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All Labor Has Dignityby Michael K. Honey
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An unprecedented and timely collection of Dr. King's speeches on labor rights and economic justice
People forget that Dr. King was every bit as committedto economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. As we struggle with massive unemployment, a staggering racial wealth gap, and the near collapse of our financial system, King's prophetic writings andspeeches underscore King's relevance for today.
Hitting all the civil rights movement highlights--Montgomery, Selma, Memphis, Albany, and Birmingham--award-winninghistorian Michael Honey traces King's economic dream, from lectures to unions in the 1960s to addresses during his Poor People's Campaign, culminating with his momentousMountaintop speech, delivered in support of striking black sanitation workers in Memphis.
Gathered in one volume for the first time, the majority of these speeches will benew to most readers. They help us imagine King anew: as a human rights leader whose commitment to economic justice was a crucial part of his civil rights agenda.
Presents a collection of speeches by the civil rights leader on the need for economic equality and justice, detailing his support of unions, labor reform, and call for an end to discrimination against African American workers.
About the Author
\Michael K. Honey,a former Southern civil rights and civil liberties organizer, is professor of labor ethnic and gender studies and American history, and the Haley Professor of Humanities, at the University of Washington-Tacoma. The author of three books on labor and civil rights history, including Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign, he lives in Tacoma.
Table of Contents
CD: "The unresolved race question," District 65 Thirtieth Anniversary Convention, Madison Square Garden, New York City, October 25, 1963 — "All labor has dignity," Mason Temple Mass Meeting, Memphis, TN, March 18, 1968.
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