Economics/Class Relations

Martin Luther King Jr., Labor Activist

By Peter Cole, Yves Magazine

If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. still lived, he’d probably tell people to join unions.

King understood that racial equality was inextricably linked to economics. He asked, “What good does it do to be able to eat at a lunch counter if you can’t buy a hamburger?”

Those disadvantages have persisted. Today, for instance, the wealth of the average White family is more than 20 times that of a Black one.

King’s solution was unionism.

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