MLK in Memphis, 1968
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/03/2019
Year Published: 2019
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23483
A look at MLK's actions and speeches in Memphis and their relevance today.
While King's life is officially celebrated on his birthday in January - the first and only national holiday to honor an African American - it could be argued that his assassination, where and when it occurred and why King was there, shows more profoundly what Kings legacy symbolizes to Black and other working people.
King strongly supported working-class solidarity with striking workers, community organizing to support super-exploited Black workers and their families, and the central need to organize nonviolent protests and demands on the ruling powers that be to win fundamental change.
King also applied this radical democratic vision to international upsurges and antiwar struggles, like the one over the Vietnam War