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  •  For further reading may I suggest (7+ / 0-)

    Chicago labor lawyer and writer, Tom Geoghegan's piece today in Bloomberg News.

    King Was Really a Labor Leader, Too

    Did you know this? I didn't.

    One can find photos of the young Reuther, bloodily beaten as a young organizer, much as King’s people later were on the way to Selma, Alabama. When King was in jail in Birmingham, it was Reuther who came up with the $165,000 to get him out.
    And this part really killed me....
    The civil-rights movement of the 1960s didn’t arrive in time to stop the Great Migration, or at least offer an alternative. It’s easy to see why blacks poured out of the South in the 1940s and 1950s.

    But that left far fewer blacks to join labor in fighting right-to-work laws in the South. King grasped that point. One of his arguments to the AFL-CIO was that if there were freedom, there would be enough black voters to block right-to-work laws and make the South safe for labor. But the liberation came too late.

    Ah, the twists of history.

    Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

    by figbash on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 05:24:04 PM PDT

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