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All Labor Has Dignity

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews

An unprecedented and timely collection of Dr. King’s speeches on labor rights and economic justice

Covering all the civil rights movement highlights--Montgomery, Albany, Birmingham, Selma, Chicago, and Memphis--award-winning historian Michael K. Honey introduces and traces Dr. King's dream of economic equality. Gathered in one volume for the first time, the majority of thes

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Beacon Press (first published December 22nd 2010)
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Mar 19, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
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 breadth of King's message and plan. His vision of a united lower class was, is, and will be highly relevant in our nation until we address the issues of economic and racial inequalities which continue ...more
Eric Suni
Mar 02, 2014 Eric Suni rated it really liked it
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 but nevertheless provided interesting historical background and context for the speech. It provided me with a much more developed sense of the political importance of unions, the politics of unions, and
Jul 19, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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 perfect sense. Labor is indeed tied to human rights in that in order for people to experience true freedom and pursue happiness, people require a decent income. Without financial stability, all of one's time ...more
Nick Klagge
Oct 30, 2012 Nick Klagge rated it it was ok
Shelves: economics
This book was an impulse purchase at the new King memorial in DC. It's an interesting topic, but I think ended up not to be a very compelling read. I do think it's worth knowing how much King involved himself with the labor movement, and understanding his views on things like industrial automation. However, I think I would have liked the book to have more commentary on the broad sweep of things; this book more or less prints his speeches with a bit of introduction at the beginning of each. ...more
Steve Palm-houser
Apr 30, 2011 Steve Palm-houser rated it it was amazing
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 labor unions. But economic justice was as much a part of King's vision as were civil rights and racial equality. Read more
Sep 12, 2015 B rated it liked it
Shelves: westend, borrowed
These speeches get a little repetitious and the editor makes a choice of sometimes excising the repetition. For a collection like this, it's probably better to leave it in.

The speeches are great, of course, and as timely today as they were then, more or less. They're just, again, a little repetitious. Also, short. It makes you wish there was more here.
C. Wess
Jan 16, 2012 C. Wess rated it it was amazing
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.
F.Alan Reynolds
Aug 03, 2013 F.Alan Reynolds rated it really liked it
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.
Brad DeMaagd
Feb 15, 2015 Brad DeMaagd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the pivotal leaders of the American civil rights movement. King was a Baptist minister, one of the few leadership roles available to black men at the time. He became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955–1956) and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1957), serving as its first president. His ...more
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“At age fifteen, Martin entered Morehouse College in an accelerated program during World War II. As the U.S. pledged to fight fascism, racism, anti-Semitism, and colonialism, King was profoundly influenced through courses in sociology, history, philosophy, literature, and religion.” 0 likes
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