All Labor Has Dignity: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Speeches on Labor
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Chapman_King Speaking_On this day honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we here at Beacon Press are especially proud of The King Legacy Series, an historic partnership with the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. to bring out new editions of King's previously published work as well as  new books based on the writing in King's archives.

As of January 2011, Beacon Press has reissued four books by King: Stride Toward Freedom, Where Do We Go From Here?, Trumpet of Conscience, and, this week, Why We Can't Wait, and one entirely new collection, All Labor Has Dignity, edited and introduced by historian Michael K. Honey.

The King Legacy Series website has many resources available, including teachers guides and biographies of King and the scholars involved with the series. In addition, we include here some links to excerpts from the books as well as audio and video that celebrates the man and his writing.

SCRIBD Excerpts of titles in The King Legacy Series

All Labor Has Dignity

The Trumpet of Conscience

Why We Can't Wait

Audio and Video

Historian Michael K. Honey on the Brian Lehrer Show, discussing All Labor Has Dignity


Excerpt of King's speech to AFSCME on April 3, 1968, "To the Mountaintop." This speech in its entirety is included in All Labor Has Dignity.

Photo credit: King speaking during “phase one” of the civil rights movement at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, sometime before Ku Klux Klan members bombed it on September 15, 1963. (Joe Chapman)