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Remembering Dr. King
Dr. King was murdered helping stroke AFSCME sanitation workers.
Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 marks the holiday honoring the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It's a time to remember King and redouble our efforts to keep alive his dream of social and economic justice.
A brief chronology: On April 3, 1968, King traveled to Memphis to support striking AFSCME sanitation workers. That evening, he delivered his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech to a packed room of supporters. The next day, he was assassinated.
More than 40 years ago, King faced a hostile political climate, and in his last speech, he stood in solidarity with working people seeking justice and dignity. These are the words he spoke to the Illinois State AFL-CIO Convention on Oct. 7, 1965:
Powerful words then, ever so true today.
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