Tag: Martin Luther King Jr.

Detroit News – Labor Voices: It’s time to realize our dream for a more perfect union

Photo by Detroit News Archives Originally posted on DetroitNews.com President Rory L. Gamble By Rory L. Gamble With images of an insurrection at our nation’s Capitol this month, we all are experiencing a nation divided like none of us has ever seen. We are divided by politics. By opinions. By economics. By beliefs. The cause? Well, that is up for debate. What isn’t up for debate is that this is a time to look to — and take heart in — the words of President John F. Kennedy and heed the warning of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that healing ... Read more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day message from President Rory L. Gamble

Sisters and Brothers, This week we will see a new Administration sworn into office in Washington, D.C. With the Biden/Harris presidency, we will see the nation’s first female, and biracial Vice President along with a cabinet that promises to be the most diverse ever. And they will be joining a Congress that is the most diverse in our nation’s history. We have much to celebrate and much to be proud of. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King said he dreamt about how his four little children would one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by ... Read more

Register for the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference!

Registration is now live for the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference! This year, the conference will be held Jan. 15–16 and will be free for all participants, but you must register to attend. You won’t want to miss it, so REGISTER NOW! Emerging from a year that has presented many challenges and obstacles, the theme for the 2021 MLK Conference is “From Protest to Power: When We Fight, We Win,” to honor the brave and bold leadership of the activists among us and celebrate the power of people united in collective action toward justice ... Read more

Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry: By the Content of their Character

America’s Black History, which we celebrate this month, offers abundant examples across the centuries of how one person can make a difference, how one person can move an entire people forward. I am lucky enough to have witnessed the results of two such difference makers firsthand, both in my job and in my life. Two men who found each other in their individual fight for human rights, and in doing so, helped shape the future of our nation. So, this February, I would like to pay tribute to that relationship, to two heavyweight champions who fought together for America’s soul, ... Read more

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