Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and His Association with the Labor Movement

As we celebrate the birthday, legacy and teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King today, let’s also remember that he was also prophetic. His admonitions about the dangers of not addressing the nations’ historical millstone of social and economic inequality was prescient; given our current American Dilemma.  Many of the solutions to todays’ issues can be found in his intersecting of the American Labor movement and the Civil Rights movement. This short clip shows the implications, then and now,  of heeding his call for social and economic justice.  Happy Birthday, Dr. King.


Al Riley
State Central Committeeman, 2nd Congressional District

An Electoral College ballot from Illinois is seen during a joint session of Congress to count the votes in Washington, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. It’s official: Congress has tallied the Electoral College votes and Donald Trump has been elected president. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

Al Riley casts 2nd Congressional Electoral College votes for Biden

Homewood Flossmoor Chronicle – December 14, 2020 by Chronicle staff

When Illinois electors met in Springfield Monday morning as part of the Electoral College ritual, Al Riley, representing the 2nd Congressional District, cast his vote for President-elect Joseph R. Biden.

Illinois wasn’t a battleground state in the 2020 election, but Riley said he considered his role as an elector no less important. 

“I look at being an elector as an honor, plus a duty not only for the 2nd Congressional District but for the state,” said Riley who retired in 2018 as an elected member of the Illinois House of Representatives after serving for 12 years. He had been a delegate to the Democratic National Convention several times. Read more…..

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Al Riley

Democratic State Central Committeeman, 2nd Congressional District