2019 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

Hundreds of social justice professionals, activists and community leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 2019 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference.


Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO

Liz Shuler
Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO

Tefere Gebre
Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO

Gabrielle Carteris
President, SAG-AFTRA

Bonnie Castillo
Executive Director, National Nurses United

Elise Bryant
Executive Director, Labor Heritage Foundation

Neidi Dominguez
National Strategic Coordinator and Assistant to the President, Painters and Allied Trades

Andrew Gillum
2018 Democratic Nominee for Governor of Florida

Julie Greene
Director of Political/Electoral and Issue Mobilization, AFL-CIO

Jonathan Jayes-Green
Director, UndocuBlack Network

David Johns
Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition

Derrick Johnson
President and CEO, NAACP

Jeremy Lannan
National Vice President for Women and Fair Practices, AFGE

Desmond Meade
Executive Director, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Rashad Robinson
Executive Director, Color of Change

Thomas A. Saenz
President and General Counsel, MALDEF

Denicia Montford Williams
Program Manager, North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute

In Dr. King's famous 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom speech, he told a divided nation that we need one another and that we are stronger when we march forward, together. Now, more than 50 years later in these trying times, his words still ring true. We are in the midst of great political and social unrest. We have witnessed devastating rollbacks and attacks on our rights in recent years. But we have an opportunity to come together, lift up one another and strategize collectively for the future of our dreams.

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there ‘is’ such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”

—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The time is now, and when we join together Jan. 18–21, 2019, to celebrate the legacy and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we will call on all working people to rise up with courage and conviction in a demand for economic and racial justice.