(All Labor Has Dignity: People forget that Dr. King was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. He fought throughout his life to connect the labor and civil rights movements, envisioning them as twin pillars for social reform.)
The U.S. minimum wage increased to $6.55 per hour today. The original minimum, set in 1938 by the Fair Labor Standards Act, was 25¢ per hour - 2008
U.S. minimum wage rose to $7.25 per hour, where it remains to this day. - 2009
NOTE: Since 2012, the "Fight for $15" movement has pushed for an increase in the minimum wage and a growing number of local governments across the country, including here in the metro area, have passed laws that will gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
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