Martin Luther King Jr., More than a Day Off

“A riot is the language of the unheard.”

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

How easy is it to forget the incendiary 1960’s, the civil rights movements and separate drinking fountains? In many ways, Martin Luther King Jr. has been regaled for his accomplishments in the world of civil rights. While the importance of those achievements is not to be questioned, he also made change in other part of society, like organizing unions for workers, better working conditions and better wages for the underprivileged.

In today’s world, one rife with conflict, war, a global economy in a tailspin and a movement called “the 99%”, the words of Martin Luther King Jr. have never been more extraordinary. King worked tirelessly in the world of civil rights, but it seems as thought he set the tone for present day events. In many ways, MLK was the original “one per center”. In 1968, he organized the “Poor People’s Campaign”, a march on Washington to protest economic injustice. King assembled a multicultural army of  the poor to march on Washington to exhibit a nonviolent civil disobedience until Congress created a bill of rights for all poor Americans.

Today is the day we recognize his birthday, the clergyman, tireless activist and prominent and charismatic leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement would be 82 years old.

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