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Tacoma DSA January Reading Group – MLK, Jr. and Socialism
January 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
In celebration of Martin Luther King Day in January, please join members of the Tacoma DSA chapter to discuss King and his relationship to socialism and the labor movement. The reading group will feature a few short selections. Feel free to read some or all, and feel free to attend even if you aren’t able to finish them.We will also be discussing King’s legacy with Tacoma DSA member and King Scholar Dr. Michael Honey at our January regular meeting, and watching the King Documentary “At the River I Stand” on January 24th. Please join for those events, if you can!READINGS:”Martin Luther King was a Democratic Socialist,” Peter Dreier’s HuffPo (yes, we’re reading a HuffPo article) on reclaiming King’s legacy: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/martin-luther-king-was-a-democratic-socialist_b_9008990Introduction to “All Labor Has Dignity,” Tacoma DSA member Michael Honey’s wonderful book collecting King speeches on labor and unions.https://politicaleducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/intro_martin-luther-king-all-labor-has-dignity.pdf“The Evolution of Dr. King,” Jacobin contributor Lee Sustar’s article about King’s political evolution and conflicts with both the left and the right: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/01/martin-luther-king-socialist/“Beyond Vietnam” (AKA the Riverside Church Speech), where King condemns the war and imperialism, and calls for economic rights and redistribution of wealth. You can also listen to the recorded speech: https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/beyond-vietnamPlease DM us for the address.https://www.facebook.com/events/1437120429769578/