Monday, January 16, 2017 (All day)
We take this day to remember and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he stood for. His life was dedicated to equality, peace and justice and his leadership in the civil and labor rights movement will be remembered and idolized for generations to come.
“In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone…Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote.” —Martin Luther King, speaking about right-to-work laws in 1961
Photo Caption: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gives a young protester a pat on the back as a group of youngsters started to picket in St. Augustine, Florida, on June 10, 1964. Click here for more historic photographs of Dr. King's life leading the civil right movement.