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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Real Dr. King

It is critically important in these days of struggle that will continue to intensify to recall that the real Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was not just a dreamer that so many in the corporate media would have you believe.

Dr. King was a nonviolent warrior for justice and freedom for everyone. Every where. Dr. King went he challenged the existing racist and repressive order. He led marches, demonstrations, rallies, picket lines, strikes. He preached in churches.

Dr. King went to jail for all of us.

Over and over again Dr. King fought for civil rights and economic rights and peace and justice.

Today let us remember that. Dr. King said it does no good to win the right to sit at a lunch counter if you can't afford Puzder's hamburger.

Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel watching my dear Brother James. Orange wrestle with James Bevel in the parking lot.

Dr. King and James and the rest of the leadership team were in Memphis to support sanitation workers who were on strike for the right to have a union and the fundamental right to negotiate with management over wages, hours and conditions of work.

Dr. King literally gave his life for the working poor, for economic justice , for civil rights for a all, for our labor movement, for those Jesus once called "the least of these."

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