Towards the end of his time as an organizer MLK campaigned on the inherent limitations of the US government to address the needs of Americas marginalized and struggling poor and working people, who were largely Black and people of color. Today 80% of low-wage workers are the sole breadwinners for their families. 36% of Black People (38% of Black Women) are employed in low-wage work (compared to 25% for White people). MLK felt that America should not have poor people. There should be full employment with a livable wage, access to health with no charge, and free education. We continue on with that belief, extending and attempting to center women, Trans* and gender nonconforming people. We know it is criminal to have people working on a full time basis at a full-time job for part-time pay. A disproportionate number of our people are still receiving the ‘starvation wages’ MLK spoke of while the nation most wealthy continue to amass more wealth and power.
The litmus test of King’s dream was neither a Black face in the white house nor a Black presence on Wall Street. Rather, the fulfillment of his dream was for all poor and working people to have the necessary resources and control over our lives and resources to live with decency and dignity. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Chicago freedom movement which Black folks organized to demand open housing, quality education, jobs that could provide a livable income, community development, and health.
Join Black Youth Project 100 Chiccago Chapter Saturday Jan 16th at 2040 west Adams st. at 9:45am for a march and rally in remembrance of MLK’s work and continue Chicago’s fight to police Brutality, Inequality, and City corruption that has engulfed this city for too long.