|Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with President Lyndon B. Johnson|
From Dedrick Muhammed's article "The Economic Lessons of Martin Luther King" we see that: "In fact, in the last year of his life, Dr. King was organizing the Poor People's Campaign, a multiracial effort to alleviate poverty and provide guaranteed income for every citizen. King understood that without greater economic equality, racial disparities and divisions could not be overcome." Muhammed notes further that "[d]uring Dr. King's famed speech at the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs, he stated, 'We refuse to believe there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.' One of the great economic lessons Dr. King has for us all is this: The road to prosperity requires of us faith, struggle, sacrifice, and investment, particularly for the most vulnerable."
In 2012, the Corporate Justice Blog detailed Dr. King's influence and call for equal opportunity and economic equality.
MLK Dreamed of Economic Equality
MLK's Vision of Social Justice
"King" of All Nations
As we are inspired today by MLK's messages of social equality, it is just as important to remember that economic justice and equality of opportunity were just as significant a part of his life and legacy.
Happy MLK Day.
[photo is in the public domain]