The March on Washington was greater than a dream

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Michael G. Lengthy is the coauthor with Yohuru Williams of “Extra Than a Dream: The Radical March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” This column was produced for Progressive Views, a venture of The Progressive journal, and distributed by Tribune Information Service.

Sixty years in the past, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream turned the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom right into a near-religious revival. King’s speech stays so emotionally highly effective that we keep in mind little else about that historic march and rally. That’s a disgrace, as a result of the demonstration was a lot greater than a dream; it was additionally a socialist-inspired demand for financial justice.

The march’s radicalism hinged on its name for “a nationwide minimal wage of not lower than $2 per hour.” Accounting for inflation, that modest-sounding determine interprets to greater than $19 in right this moment’s market. That’s $4 greater than the Combat for $15 motion calls for, $2 greater than the $17 not too long ago proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and $11.75 above the $7.25 federal minimal wage, which hasn’t moved upward since 2009.