Celebrating MLK’s Environmental Justice Legacy

Lest we forget, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an environmental justice warrior…

“Though mostly celebrated for his role in the civil rights movement and nonviolent protests, environmental justice is a common theme reflected in Rev Martin Luthur King Jr’s legacy.

The day before Dr. King was assassinated, he supported Black sanitation workers who were striking in Memphis, Tennessee. Paid far less than their white counterparts, Black workers routinely performed the most dangerous work and bore disproportionate health and safety risks (Source: Institute). Such advocacy led to cornerstone environmental and worker safety legislation passed in the years after his 1968 death, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the Clean Water Act of 1972, and the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974.

We celebrate Dr. King by working to eliminate the gap in environmental health risks between whites and Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). MyRWA is working to identify and overcome systemic racism in our own work. Below are some of the resources we are reading/watching/listening to/doing. We hope you find them useful.”



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