ALA to honor Dr. King’s legacy at Midwinter

For Immediate Release
Tue, 11/16/2010


John Amundsen

CHICAGO – Dr. Michael K. Honey, Fred T. and Dorothy G. Haley Endowed Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Labor and Ethnic Studies and American History at the University of Washington, Tacoma, will be the keynote speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. The Celebration will be held from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Monday, January 10 in Room 2 of the San Diego Convention Center
Dr. Honey is the author of numerous books, including his latest, “All Labor Has Dignity” (Beacon, 2011), a collection of Dr. King’s speeches on labor rights and economic justice from the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, culminating in the momentous “Mountaintop” speech delivered before his death in 1968.  Other titles include the acclaimed “Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign” (W.W. Norton & Company, 2007), “Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle” (University of California Press, 1999), and “Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights: Organizing Memphis Workers” (University of Illinois Press, 1993).  In addition to his writing and teaching, Dr. Honey regularly speaks on various historical issues at campuses and community organizations across the country.   Dr. Honey’s participation is made possible through the generous support of Beacon Press and Random House, Inc.
This year’s sunrise celebration will be themed “Everybody Can Be Great…” and will bring together leaders from the association, including ALA President Roberta Stevens and ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels. Featured readings will include selections from the works of Dr. King.
The program is sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and is supported by the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services.
Light refreshments will be served thanks to the generous sponsorship of World Book, Inc.
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