Reviving Dr. King's legacy of love, compassion and service

AFSCME has a deeply personal and spiritual connection to Dr. King and the fight for civil rights and workers' rights. On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to support striking AFSCME sanitation workers. That evening, he delivered his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech to a packed room of supporters. The next day, he was assassinated.

Let's live up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of profound love for the poor and those who have been kept down by systems of injustice. We do so by reforming our systems and investing in all of our communities and workplaces ✊

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"When working people are united, there is nothing we cannot accomplish," said Council 5 Executive Director Julie Bleyhl. "We won't heal our nation's divides overnight, but we have a real opportunity to create a new chapter in the history of America with renewed self-reflection, perseverance, and will to finally create an America that works for everyone -no matter our race, gender, sexual orientation, or zip code."