Remembering Martin Luther King Jr

Excerpts from a letter dated April 12, 1965, from Martin Luther King to Jimmy Hoffa-

“Dear Mr. Hoffa:

Words are inadequate to express my appreciation to you and the members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America for your very generous contribution of $25,000.00 to the work of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This marvelous expression of support makes it possible for SCLC to continue to redeem the soul of America….

As we move ahead, we here at SCLC feel that we must keep in the forefront of our minds the necessity of strengthening that growing alliance between labor and the civil rights movement. Labor’s problems are our problems and our problems are labor’s problems. You may be sure that we will be at your side in the great struggle to eliminate unemployment, poverty and meeting the challenges of automation…

Were it not for dedicated friends, such as yourself, our work would not be able to continue. I am sure America will be a greater nation because of your sacrifices to the non violent movement.

Sincerely yours

Martin Luther King Jr”

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