Mar. 17, 2021
"Martin Luther King Jr - March 18, 1968 - All Labor Has Dignity"
The Blackman Who Reads Aloud Hour Project
The Radical King
All Labor Has Dignity
Reparations Are Due America
Martin Luther King Jr.
March 18, 1968
If not for black labor in this nation America would not be America in any way, shape, or form. If not for black labor America would not has risen to the heights of prosperity it has experienced over the past 400 years. If not for black labor the economic and governmental institutions that are prospering today would not be in any position to be successful. If not for free enslaved black labor the southern states of this nation would have been locked into a calamity of economic depression. If not for forced black labor this nation wouldn’t have gotten to the heights of economic prosperity. I go back to March 18, 1968, and read the words from a speech that Dr. Martin Luther King gave on the Dignity of Labor to an audience filled with Memphis, Tennessee's sanitation workers. In a little less than 3 weeks after this address Dr. King would be murdered in Memphis still supporting those sanitation workers. Dr. King’s hope for economic reparations for the black economic plight that was being suffered by millions of poor people ended with that bullet on April 4, 1968. Now in 2021, we still struggle for the dignity of labor in this nation. However, we must remember this significant fact without the forced, free and low paying black labor America would never have become America. That is the God’s honest truth and no one with an understanding of history can deny it. So, White America we ask that you finally bring dignity to the value of our ancestor's labor you stole and repair the damage you have done for over two and a half centuries since the formation of this nation. If as Dr. King so eloquently state 2 weeks before his murder that all labor has dignity than pay the descendants of our Americans of African Descent the reparations that are due us as citizens of this nation.