QUOTE: Dr. Martin Luther King on jobs

Posted by LDonia on 01/20/2014

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is out of the office today, in remembrance of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We leave you today with this quote from his speech, "The Other America," delivered at Grosse Pointe High School, in Grosse Point Farms, MI, on March 14, 1968:

There are two Americas. One America is beautiful for situation. In this America, millions of people have the milk of prosperity and the honey of equality flowing before them. This America is the habitat of millions of people who have food and material necessities for their bodies, culture and education for their minds, freedom and human dignity for their spirits. In this America children grow up in the sunlight of opportunity. But there is another America. This other America has a daily ugliness about it that transforms the buoyancy of hope into the fatigue of despair. In this other America, thousands and thousands of people, men in particular walk the streets in search for jobs that do not exist...Probably the most critical problem in the other America is the economic problem. There are so many other people in the other America who can never make ends meet because their incomes are far too low if they have incomes, and their jobs are so devoid of quality. And so in this other America, unemployment is a reality and under-employment is a reality...And that is one of the most critical problems that we face in America today.

Dr. King was tireless in his fight for justice and economic equality, and AAM honors his legacy.

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