"All Labor Has Dignity"

"All Labor Has Dignity"

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An unprecedented and timely collection of Dr. King's speeches on labor rights and economic justice

Covering all the civil rights movement highlights--Montgomery, Albany, Birmingham, Selma, Chicago, and Memphis--award-winning historian Michael K. Honey introduces and traces Dr. King's dream of economic equality. Gathered in one volume for the first time, the majority of these speeches will be new to most readers. The collection begins with King's lectures to unions in the 1960s and includes his addresses made during his Poor People's Campaign, culminating with his momentous "Mountaintop" speech, delivered in support of striking black sanitation workers in Memphis. Unprecedented and timely, "All Labor Has Dignity" will more fully restore our understanding of King's lasting vision of economic justice, bringing his demand for equality right into the present.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9780807086025
Branch Call Number: 331. 011 KIN
Characteristics: xxxix, 224 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Honey, Michael K.

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rpavlacic
Dec 29, 2015

Excellent compilation about MLK's views on labour rights. Interesting is that his "content of his character", "free at last" and "justice flow like a mighty stream" were ideas he pounced on well before his famous "I Have a Dream" address. That many of his audiences were mostly white, but were very receptive to his message, shows just how far ahead organized workers were ahead of politicians on the issue of civil rights. (One of the commenters mentioned "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed" - I have read and reviewed that book also and it is worth reading too.)

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StarGladiator
Dec 27, 2015

Two books you should read in the present, especially given the lack of any true democrats out there [excepting Pete Defazio, Tulsi Gabbard, and a few others]: this one and Charles Cobb's book:
This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed.

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rstolzster
Apr 19, 2011

A great compilation of moving and insightful speeches that can add real insight into MLK's strategic acumen and moral vision. The analysis is a bit light, but helpful for context. For the most part, the speeches speak for themselves.

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