Civil Rights, Labor Rights Are Interwoven
Dine, Philip, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Martin Luther King Jr., the most compelling orator and moral force of his generation, a Nobel Peace Prize winner whose vision of how people should treat each other shook the conscience of a vast nation, died fighting for living wages for garbage workers in Memphis.
That simple fact says much about King and two of the country's major social movements.
Thirty years after King's unforgettable "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, it has been widely forgotten that labor played a key role in conceiving and organizing the civil rights rally.
More important, while racial justice was the essence of King's crusade, economic fairness formed an integral part of his …
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Publication information: Article title: Civil Rights, Labor Rights Are Interwoven. Contributors: Dine, Philip - Author. Newspaper title: St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO). Publication date: September 3, 1993. Page number: 8D. © 2008 St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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