"All Labor Has Dignity" (King Legacy)

An unprecedented and timely collection of Dr. King’s speeches on labor rights and economic justice
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. As we struggle with massive unemployment, a staggering racial wealth gap, and the near collapse of a financial system that puts profits before people, King’s prophetic writings and speeches underscore his relevance for today. They help us imagine King anew: as a human rights leader whose commitment to unions and an end to poverty was a crucial part of his civil rights agenda.
Covering all the civil rights movement highlights—Montgomery, Albany, Birmingham, Selma, Chicago, and Memphis—award-winning historian Michael K. Honey introduces and traces King’s dream of economic equality. Gathered in one volume for the first time, the majority of these speeches will be new to most readers. The collection begins with King’s lectures to unions in the 1960s and includes his addresses during his Poor People’s Campaign, culminating with his momentous “Mountaintop” speech, delivered in support of striking black sanitation workers in Memphis. Unprecedented and timely, “All Labor Has Dignity” will more fully restore our understanding of King’s lasting vision of economic justice, bringing his demand for equality right into the present.

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By Eric (Seattle, WA) · ★★★★☆ · March 02, 2014
This is a wonderful short compilation of speeches. The speeches themselves are powerful and inspiring. Given the theme of the collection, these speeches also demonstrate how much broader MLK's vision was than just civil rights.

I appreciated that the introductions to each speech were kept concise... ...more
By Andrew (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · March 19, 2012
As a collection of King's speeches, this is a 5/5. I realize that's the point, and I'll get to the other part later. Several of the speeches are spectacular, reminding you why Dr King transcended all walks of life with his message of equality, hope, and justice. It succeeds in giving you the full... ...more
By Sarah (Cleveland, OH) · ★★★★★ · July 19, 2011
This book of collected speeches was totally enlightening. I had studied Dr. King in college but really did not revisit his life since. I was surprised to learn how involved Dr. King was in the labor movement, and after reading his speeches and considering his argument within them, it makes perfec... ...more
By Brad DeMaagd (The United States) · ★★★★★ · February 15, 2015
Excellent piece

In a effort to increase my knowledge of Dr. King outside of the civil rights, struggle I was interested in his interactions with the labor movements. This fit that role, and gave a broader view of how encompassing his view had become for America's future.
By Steve (Columbus, OH) · ★★★★★ · April 30, 2011
With the current assault on collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, and elsewhere, the publication of All Labor Has Dignity, a new collection of Martin Luther King's speeches on organized labor, couldn't be more timely.

It's not widely known today that King worked closely with la... ...more
By F.Alan (San Francisco, CA) · ★★★★☆ · August 03, 2013
It amazed me that what MLK strived for over 50 years ago, a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few, is still hot topic today. Especially meaningful as our middle class disappears. ...more
By C. Wess (9860) · ★★★★★ · January 16, 2012
An absolutely brilliant collection of King's speeches outlining his work with labor unions and his desire to unify them with the Civil Rights. This clearly outlines King's genius behind cultural change. ...more