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Who Needs To Be Taught the Dignity of Work?

African American track workers in Pennsylvania, circa 1950.

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concessions to due process for filing grievances and allowing for union representation.

The Poor People's Campaign in D. C. reached a peak with 50,000 marchers by the time the protests ended in June. But it did not go far enough as the nation grew weary of civil disobedience and was disheartened by another assassination, of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Yet King's words live on--even as they fall on many deaf ears. "All labor has dignity."

Tera W. Hunter is a professor of History at Princeton University.