Monday, January 21, 2008


In honour of it being Martin Luther King Day in the U.S.A I thought I would repost this;

Martin Luther King Voice of the Working Class

His I Had A Dream Speech was delivered to a Civil Rights rally organized by Phillip Randolph VP of the AFL/CIO.

This is the fortieth anniversary of his assassination in 1968 while in Memphis fighting for workers rights and a living wage.

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Memphis, Tennessee. April 4, 1968. A bullet from an assassin’s high-powered rifle strikes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and throws him to the balcony floor outside his room at the Lorraine Motel.

Most Americans know that Dr. King died in Memphis, but few of them recall why he traveled there. In the last year of his life, King changed his focus from civil rights issues to ending the war in Vietnam and ending poverty at home. In early 1968, 1,300 mostly black, underpaid sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike for better working conditions and union recognition. King heeded the call to Memphis to support these striking workers who epitomized the poverty and economic injustice he planned to dramatize with his Poor People’s Campaign.

University of Washington history professor Michael K. Honey has written the first definitive history of the sanitation workers strike in his new book, Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike and Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign (W.W. Norton, 2007). The book weaves the stories of the workers, activists, and local politicians with a detailed account of the last weeks of King’s life. Cornel West called the book “a magisterial account of this neglected period.” Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal honored Jericho Road with starred reviews.

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: JustaDog said...

Rosa Parks was a far greater individual than MLK.

MLK was just a socialist activist using race to advance socialist causes.

eugene plawiuk said...

And my relatives in Alabama insisted he was a communist. They also told me not to drink from the public fountains cause I would get N....lips. And not to use the public washrooms or the public swimming pools cause they were for you know them colored folks...