Tag: Martin Luther King Jr.

UAW Members Participate in Memphis March to Honor Dr. King

On Wednesday, UAW members joined workers from around the country in a march to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 4th marked the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination at a Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. King was in Memphis to support sanitation workers striking over unsafe working conditions. UAW member Pamela Davidson said of the event, “I’m proud we could come together for a man that really gave his life for our civil rights and pulling us together. Dr. King knew that if you didn’t have a good wage, and we did not help people within the workforce, ... Read more

On this day, Rosa Parks wouldn’t give up her bus seat

Today marks the 61st  anniversary of Rosa Parks’ decision to sit down for her rights on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus, putting the effort to end segregation on a fast track. Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955, after she refused to give up her seat on a crowded bus to a white passenger. Read the full article on Constitution Daily >>> Photo Credit: Gary Malerba

Remembering the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Today is an important date in civil rights history. Eighty-nine African-Americans, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, voluntarily turned themselves in to authorities in Montgomery, Alabama, on Feb. 22, 1956, after being indicted under a 1921 law “prohibiting conspiracies that interfered with lawful business.” The statute, designed to break trade union action, outlawed boycotts against businesses without “just cause.”  UAW President Walter Reuther was an avid supporter of civil rights at a time when people didn’t always speak out in support.  Reuther was later a friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the UAW supported the movement in ... Read more

Retired UAW Vice President Gerald Bantom honored

DETROIT – Retired UAW Vice President Gerald Bantom is one of six Martin Luther King Jr. honorees to be recognized at the 7th Annual Martin Luther King Retired UAW Vice President Gerald Bantom Jr. Legacy March on Jan. 18 at Detroit’s Martin Luther King High School. The event, which begins with a tour of the school at 9 a.m., a program at 10 a.m. and the march following, “honors individuals who have selflessly showcased their skills and generously contributed to making our community greater,” said Karinda Washington, MLK Legacy March co-chair and 1996 King alumna. This year’s theme, “My Life ... Read more

UAW President’s Statement on MLK Day

UAW President, Dennis Williams Decades after his death, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. couldn’t have possibly known that we would remember his famous dream and his fight for civil and human rights. The humble Baptist preacher, activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate believed everyone had a right to share the American Dream, whether it meant earning a decent living, being able to buy a home in any neighborhood or send a child to college – any college. Race, creed and color, rightly, were not part of the formula. Those beliefs have always resonated with our union. From bargaining ... Read more