“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we commemorate Martin Luther King Day, we honor a one of our nation’s most influential and inspiring leaders. Not only did Dr. King carry the banner of civil rights, he also stood with working people fighting to make their voices heard on the job.
Dr. King waged what would be the final civil disobedience campaign of his life on behalf of sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, who enlisted his aid during a lengthy strike for job safety, better wages and benefits, and union recognition.
Dr. King understood the concept of unity better than anyone else. Even though he was fighting one of the most important battles in our nation’s history, he realized the importance of standing up for all those seeking justice.
It holds true today that our struggles are one and the same and that we must all stand together. We cannot allow ourselves to be divided by the battles ahead, but instead use our solidarity to persevere. Let us honor Dr. King’s legacy by using his example as a guide. The fact remains that we all move forward when we work together.
Once again, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to honor Dr. King and his unwavering commitment to justice, dignity, and respect for all.