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Situating the "I have a Dream" Speech in Context
MLK's famous "I Have a Dream" speech took place at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which linked civil rights with economic rights.
Note the economic language in the 3rd and 4th paragraphs of the speech.
With this in mind, what was MLK's take on Economics? And what does Economics say about Racial Inequality?
The Economics of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement
Sharing the Prize
Call Number: eBook
The civil rights movement was also a struggle for economic justice, one that until now has not had its own history. "Sharing the Prize" demonstrates the significant material gains black southerners made in improved job opportunities, quality of education, and health care from the 1960s to the 1970s and beyond. Because black advances did not come at the expense of southern whites, Gavin Wright argues, the civil rights struggle was that rarest of social revolutions: one that benefits both sides.
Power to the Poor
Call Number: eBook
The Poor People's Campaign of 1968 has long been overshadowed by the assassination of its architect, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the political turmoil of that year. In a major reinterpretation of civil rights and Chicano movement history, Gordon K. Mantler demonstrates how King's unfinished crusade became the era's most high-profile attempt at multiracial collaboration and sheds light on the interdependent relationship between racial identity and political coalition among African Americans and Mexican Americans.
Economics and Racial Inequality
How might you research racial inequality from an economic perspective?
- Search for terms like race, poverty, justice and inequality using the resources in the Economics Guide
- Consider what sources of data indicate inequality in wage and income. See data sources like U.S. Census and Labor Indicators
The "I Have a Dream" Speech
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