As Coretta Scott King wrote in the introduction to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Strength to Love,” “Love, truth, and the courage to do what is right should be our own guideposts on this lifelong journey. Martin Luther King, Jr., showed us the way; he showed us the Dream.” He sure did! The entirety of Dr. King’s speeches and activism embodies love, truth, and the courage to do what is right. It’s a radical vision of ridding the world of what he identified as the triple evils of poverty, racism, and war—which we still have to work very hard to make a reality.
By Martin Luther King, Jr.: As I came in tonight, I turned around and said to Ralph Abernathy, “They really have a great movement here in Memphis.” You are demonstrating something here that needs to be demonstrated all over our country. You are demonstrating that we can stick together and you are demonstrating that we are all tied in a single garment of destiny, and that if one black person suffers, if one black person is down, we are all down. I’ve always said that if we are to solve the tremendous problems that we face we are going to have to unite beyond the religious line, and I’m so happy to know that you have done that in this movement in a supportive role. We have Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, members of the Church of God in Christ, and members of the Church of Christ in God, we are all together, and all of the other denominations and religious bodies that I have not mentioned.
Michael K. Honey, a lifelong follower of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on how following the way of Dr. King has led him to a better, more meaningful and engaged life. Honey is the editor of "All Labor Has Dignity", a collection of King's speeches on Labor.
The last speech that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered was passionate, tragically prophetic, and reflected his deep commitment to helping the working poor.
People forget that Dr. King was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. In this excerpt from All Labor Has Dignity, he ties together the War in Vietnam with the problems facing the labor movement.
Union organizers rally around the country today in support of public workers. Read about why they chose April 4th, and read an excerpt from All Labor Has Dignity.
King's words can show us that killing public employees unions today would be immoral as well as foolish
Excerpts and multimedia for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Beacon Press editor Gayatri Patnaik talks about the latest books in The King Legacy Series.