MLK’s Birthday – January 15; Day of Service – January 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to celebrate his legacy is on Monday, January 16, 2017.
It is a time for us to remember the racial, social and economic injustices that Dr. King fought. A time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality and dignity of all races and peoples. A time to remember his inspiring message of change through nonviolence during the Civil Rights Movement.
While almost everyone knows about Dr. King’s Civil Rights efforts, do you know about his support for the labor movement?
In a 1961 speech, Dr. King spoke directly to the threat posed by “right-to-work” laws:
“In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. It is supported by Southern segregationists who are trying to keep us from achieving our civil rights and our right of equal job opportunity. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone. […] Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote.”
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