we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this Monday, many will look to his incredible body of work fighting for civil rights throughout the 1960s. But King was not a single issue activist. In fact, he felt that many issues lead back to civil rights for all people that he felt were at a disadvantage due to a system of oppression.
Here are four major issues that King fought for and his profound words on them that often go unnoticed:
1. Labor unionstext in article please read
2. Family planning and women’s rights
King was not merely anti-war he was also heavily anti-military. His philosophy for nonviolence wasn’t just a resistance tool used by protesters, he applied it to all fascets of his politics and did so globally as well. At the Riverside Church in New York City in April of 1967, King said, “the recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: ‘A time comes when silence is betrayal.'” King wasn’t talking about the civil-rights movement. “That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam,” he continued.