1. He pushed for a government-guaranteed right to a job.
In the years before his assassination King re-shifted his focus on economic justice in northern cities as well as the South.
He launched the Poor People’s Campaign and put forth an economic and social bill of rights that espoused ‘a national responsibility to provide work for all’.
King advocated for a jobs guarantee which would require the government to provide jobs to anyone who could not find one and end unemployment.
The bill of rights also included ‘the right of every citizen to a minimum income’ and ‘the right to an adequate education’.
2. He was a critic of capitalism and materialism.
King was a strident critic of capitalism and materialistic society and urged Americans to ‘move toward a democratic socialism’.
Referring to the now iconic Greensboro Lunch Counter sit-ins he asked ‘What good is having the right to sit at a lunch counter if you can’t afford to buy a hamburger?’