On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. He was there supporting public workers who were trying to form a union.
This April 4, make sure your students understand this important and often overlooked side of King's work. The AFT's Tools for Teachers site has a collection of resources highlighting connections between the civil rights and labor movements. King's Mountaintop speech and the "I Am a Man" documentary are two powerful resources to discuss with your students on this historic day.
April 4 is a time to reflect on the legacy of King's struggle. What issues would he be concerned about today? What lessons can we draw from his words to help make sense of current challenges? Take the AFT's "We Are One" pledge, and teach this important history lesson on April 4. Send us copies of your lesson plan ideas so we can share them with others. [Shannon McLeod Lederer]