Tag: MLK

Celebrating Black History Month – Honoring Our Journey, Striving Forever Forward

My sisters and brothers, This great union of ours and all of our UAW family, past and present, have a long and cherished legacy in fighting for the civil rights and equality of all Americans and all peoples of the world. It is one of the founding principles of our union and we have much to be proud about. President Ray Curry During Black History Month, we remember and salute UAW members’ roles in all that we have achieved and in all that we continue to work towards. I’d like to share a few highlights here from our proud history ... Read more

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Vision – and continuing the fight

Brothers and Sisters, President Ray Curry On Monday, we celebrate the great sacrifices and life-changing contributions of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  His vision was one of inclusion, of nonviolence, of respecting the rights of each and every one of us and championing the fact that we are all Americans. So on this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’d like to recognize that here at the UAW, we have continued to build on his great legacy. We have picked up the mantle this gone-to-soon Civil Rights giant left for us and we have worked diligently to continue ... Read more

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

In tribute: Walter Reuther’s Impact Endures and Teaches

Walter P. Reuther is an icon and an American hero of the working class. For those of us at the UAW, there are almost no words powerful enough to describe what he means to this union and our members. And for me, as the current president of the UAW, I am so humbled and inspired by his vision, his life’s work, his tireless fight for human and civil rights and simply put, the example he set as an extraordinary human being.  Today, we mark the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that tragically took the lives of UAW President Walter ... Read more

Region 1A Holds Annual MLK Day of Action

On Monday, Region 1A held their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Action. Each year, Region 1A Director Rory Gamble partners with radio host Mildred Gaddis to raise money and collect donations for homeless members of the community. Volunteers travel around Detroit providing cold-weather essentials to those in need while honoring the memory of Dr. King.

Region 1A MLK Day of Service

Next Monday, radio host Mildred Gaddis and Region 1A Director Rory L. Gamble will host their annual sleeping bag drive to help homeless members of the community. They’re accepting donations of sleeping bags, socks, blankets, and other cold weather items. They’re also looking for volunteers to help distribute the items. Sleeping Bag Drive – MLK Day

54 Years Later, Martin Luther King’s Speech Speaks Truth in Today’s Torn Times

Today marks the 54th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. Looking back at the values that motivated Dr. King’s leadership in the civil rights movement and struggle for jobs and justice, it’s clear that Americans are still striving to make this dream a reality. The historic speech is believed to have been written in part at UAW headquarters, Solidarity House in Detroit, Michigan:         Download the full speech