Fifty years ago this week, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his final speech in Memphis, Tennessee. In the decades since his assassination, much of the focus on King’s life has centered on his civil rights legacy. But his final days in Memphis are a reminder that he was also a relentless champion for the dignity of work. "Negroes are almost entirely a working people," King told the AFL-CIO in 1961. "Our needs are identical with labor’s needs: decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old-age security, health and welfare measures, conditions in which families can grow, have education for their children and respect in the community." Read more on the AFL-CIO's blog.
photo of Metro Council president Jackie Jeter, ATU Local 689 Communications Coordinator David Stephen, and others from Local 689 in Memphis, courtesy ATU 689 Twitter
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