Michael Honey has written scores of newspaper and magazine articles and given many talks linking issues of the day to labor and civil rights history (see CV). A few items concerning these links are below.

The Real Martin Luther King: Reflecting on MLK 50 Years after His Death

Backstory, March 30, 2018


Had he lived, Martin Luther King, Jr. would have celebrated his 91st birthday this week. King is celebrated as an American hero and championed in children’s books and inspirational posters, but have Americans lost sight of the real MLK?


Review of Michael K. Honey's 'To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice

By Robin Lindley, History News Network, March 20, 2018

#MLK50 reminds us how much more work there is to do

By Andrew W. Griffin, Red Dirt Report, April 4, 2018

MLK's Final Message, 50 Years after His Death

WAMU On Point, April 4, 2018

Before he was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered what was to be the last public address of his life to a crowd of sanitation workers, who were about to strike for a living wage. On Wednesday — the 50th anniversary of King’s death — we discussed his legacy and economic justice.

Panelists discuss why Memphis has seen little progress since MLK's death

By Tom Charlier, Memphis Commercial Appeal, April 3, 2018

A fight Martin Luther King Jr. didn't win

By Harry Levins, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 31, 2018

UW professor travels to Memphis for MLK anniversary

By Ted Land, KING 5, April 3, 2018

UW historian Michael Honey recalls Martin Luther King's message of economic justice in new book, 'To the Promised Land

By Peter Kelley, UW News, March 28, 2018

As the 50th anniversary approaches of the murder of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, University of Washington historian Michael Honey reminds us in a new book that economic justice and labor rights were always part of King’s progressive message.

Martin Luther King Jr. predicted backlash against economic and racial progress

A new book traces Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight against racism and economic exploitation as a framework for dealing with contemporary challenges in that unfinished work.

On labor issues, follow the way of Martin Luther King Jr.

Before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. planned to press for economic equality. Guest columnist Michael Honey recalls King’s views on labor as states across the country consider cutting back the power of labor unions.

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