A Dream for Racial and Economic Justice
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A true civil rights leader. In 1961 Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about the labor and civil rights movements uniting for decent wages, fair working conditions, and security in health and retirement.
Click below to find King's speech to the AFL-CIO in 1961.
The Top Black Labor Union Leaders
Before sleeping-car porters organized in 1925, some labor unions excluded blacks. Today 20 percent of black workers belong to a union, and black members' median salary is 36 percent more than that of non-members. The Root celebrates black labor leaders, past and present. Visit www.theroot.com for more information.