Martin Luther King, Jr. on Economic Inequality and Its Connection to Racial and Other Forms of Inequality

Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., right, chats with Greenwood, Mississippi African Americans on their front porch on July 21, 1964, during his door-to-door campaign, telling all them to register to vote and support his Mississippi Freedom Democratic party. (AP Photo/Jim Bourdier, from the MSNBC article “Four Ways Martin Luther King, Jr. Wanted to Battle Inequality,” January 19, 2016)

For a summary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s positions on economic inequality, click here to read the MSNBC article, “Four Ways Martin Luther King, Jr. Wanted to Battle Inequality.”

The article begins with:

Today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is most often remembered as a crusader for racial equality, not economic justice. But those struggles were inextricably intertwined for the civil rights leader, whose 85th birthday is being honored this weekend. Even during his upbringing, as he wrote in 1958 [PDF], he knew “that the inseparable twin of racial injustice was economic injustice.”

Much of King’s career reflects this belief. The famed 1963 March on Washington’s full name was actually the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. And in the last year of his life, King poured most of his energy into launching the Poor People’s Campaign, an organization dedicated to advocating for economic justice.


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