In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Terry Melvin, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to talk about the history of the CBTU and the impact of Dr. King’s teachings. Melvin discussed the labor movement's responsibility to educate the public on the presidential election and motivate them to vote. Finally, Melvin discussed the upcoming 53rd International Convention for Black Trade Unionists. 

Melvin said that his life is guided by the work and efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Melvin talked about the different ways he has utilized quotes from King’s speeches. He talked about the work done by CBTU President Emeritus Bill Lucy with King and how that work assisted in the founding principles of the organization. Melvin discussed the importance of learning and educating the public on the teachings of King and the different ways those teachings could be applied today.

Democracy is on the ballot this year, in Melvin’s opinion. He discussed different attacks that have threatened the United State’s Democratic processes. Melvin said this has been the most pro-labor administration and most impactful for black communities. He discussed his opinions on different Presidential candidates and why it’s important for organized labor to get out into their communities and educate citizens.

The largest gathering of black trade workers in the United States will occur in May 2024 in Houston. The 53rd International Convention for Black Trade Unionists will host nearly 1,300 trade unionists from the United States, Canada and Africa. With last year’s success in Labor, the CBTU experienced similar success, and they want to share their success with their members. Workshops and town halls will feature several black leaders in the labor movement. According to Melvin, the convention will provide members with the tools to educate and motivate their communities to get out and vote.

Listen to the show to learn more about the CBTU and Dr. King’s impact on the organization and its leaders.