Preview: MLK’s Dream of Economic Justice

April 3, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr., who died 45 years ago this month, had long known that racial equality was inextricably linked to economic equity — fairness for all, including working people and the poor. In the last year of his life, as he moved toward Memphis and assassination, Dr. King announced the Poor People’s Campaign to demand an “Economic Bill of Rights” for all Americans, regardless of color. But nearly a half-century later, that dream is still a dream deferred. On this week’s Moyers & Company, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch and author and theologian James Cone join Bill to discuss Dr. King’s other dream — a vision of economic justice, and why so little has changed for America’s most oppressed.

Also on the show, poet Kyle Dargan, whose poetry provides a window into the humanity that Branch & Cone say is essential to get people working towards justice, visits Bill to talk about and read from his work.

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  • TG

    As a divorced, white, educated mother of two sons . . . we needed help, we never got, for my boys to have a fighting chance.

  • Betty Innemee

    It is denying of the existance of common good – lack of affordable housing, public transport, health care, living wage, poor public education

  • Jack Pitts

    Justice is coming. Amen.

  • hopeful

    Enlightenment or catastrophe? Do we care for each other or do we let our fear and insecurity blind us to the real needs of the earth and all its beings. ? A true enlightenment will lead us in understanding and love , gathering courage in our efforts to become a stronger member of the community . We must join together in this effort.