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Martin Luther King Jr. And The Labor Movement

Steve Scher
01/16/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is known for his fight for race equality and civil rights. But the struggle for the rights of the poor was just as much a part of his mission. Dr. King tried to build solidarity with union leaders, even when many of them disagreed with his mission. He believed that work and a fair wage were the right of everyone, regardless of their race. University of Washington Professor Michael Honey has collected Dr. King's speeches related to the labor movement in his book "All Labor Has Dignity." KUOW's Steve Scher talks to Michael Honey about Dr. Martin Luther King's connection to the labor movement.


Michael Honey is professor of American history, humanities, and labor, ethnic and gender studies at the University of Washington–Tacoma. He edited a new collection of speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the labor movement called "All Labor Has Dignity."

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