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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

AFL-CIO to Hold Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference in Houston
Hundreds of labor leaders, advocates, activists, and allies will join together to strategize, organize and mobilize for worker and civil rights

From January 12 to January 15, close to 1000 labor and civil rights leaders and advocates will convene in Houston for the AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference. Conference events will celebrate the legacy and dream of Dr. King, and attendees will explore how to better advocate for racial and economic equity.  A major focus of the conference will be preparing for the 2018 elections. The AFL-CIO is committed to strengthening the labor movement’s independent political voice in order to organize and build power for working communities during the upcoming election season. Attendees will also participate in a day of community service assisting Hurricane Harvey relief organizations, park beautification projects, and stocking a local food pantry.

Throughout the weekend, local and national leaders and activists will be honored for exemplifying Dr. King in their own work and helping to advance the rights of all working people. Featured speakers include: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, Rev. William Barber, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Gene Green, Rep. Al Green, Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia, Mayor Sylvester Turner, and more.

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

Hilton Americas–Houston

1600 Lamar Street, Houston, Texas 77010


*Media interested in covering conference events must RSVP to*


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Opening Ceremony featuring Rep. Gene Green and Mayor Sylvester Turner

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Panel on Movement Building featuring AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Community Town Hall Discussion on King and the Economy featuring Rep. Al Green and Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Keynote Address from Rev. William Barber

12:00 PM: Attendees go off-site for community service projects


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Plenary on Building Political Power

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM: AFL-CIO Civil and Human Rights Awards Gala        


10:00 AM: Labor leaders and conference attendees to participate in Houston MLK Parade

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