Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Honor the Past, Work for Our Future

The day before his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.” It’s a message we must never forget: We have the power to bring positive change to our country.

Dr. King was not only a visionary champion for civil rights but he was also a strong supporter of unions and a leader in the fight for workers’ rights. As we prepare for the political fight of our lives this election year, it’s time to celebrate Black History Month and honor Dr. King’s legacy.

Witness Dr. King’s leadership in the struggle for economic and social justice with labor historian Michael K. Honey’s landmark book, Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign.

And see “At the River I Stand,” a gripping documentary that reconstructs the bitter 65-day sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis, Tenn., and shows the deep connection between the struggle for civil rights and workers’ rights. The institution of slavery in our past continues to shape the owners' plantation mentality of the rights of workers and our struggle for human dignity in the South.

Also be sure to check out everything The Union Shop Online has to offer—every product is proudly Union Made in the USA.

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