“All Labor Has Dignity” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation.
As we pause to reflect and honor the legacy of Dr. King, we are reminded to rededicate ourselves to Dr. King’s dream of racial, social, and economic justice.
Almost 53 years ago, Dr. King lost his life not long after he stood in solidarity with the Black city sanitation workers in Memphis who had staged a walkout to demand higher wages and better working conditions. At the time, the City of Memphis paid Black workers significantly lower wages than it did white workers. On March 18, 1968, in Memphis, Dr. King told a crowd of 25,000, “whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity, and it has worth.”
In 2021, while Dr. King’s work is still unfinished, our EAA members continue to proudly serve their community and put others’ interests above their own. Today, we recommit ourselves to the ideals Dr. King fought and died for: civil rights, voting rights, workers’ rights, health care, and an end to discrimination