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Vaughn Booker Jr. gives keynote address at Martin Luther King Jr. employee breakfast

At the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. employee breakfast Monday, Assistant Professor Vaughn Booker Jr. ’07 drew on the words of King and fellow civil rights leaders James Lawson and Mary Lou Williams to talk about the transformative value and dignity of work. View Prof. Booker's talk here.

Booker quoted King from a sermon at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1965: “What makes a job menial? I’m tired of this stuff about menial labor. What makes it menial is that we don’t pay folk anything. Give somebody a job and pay them some money so they can live and educate their children and buy a home and have the basic necessities of life. And no matter what the job is, it takes on dignity.”