2021 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

Last week, the world watched a mob of domestic terrorists storm the U.S. Capitol, attacking our country and democracy. We must name the role white supremacy played: their special treatment as they roamed inside the Capitol, and the racist conspiracies and language that led them to Washington, D.C., that day.


This cannot happen again. To build a strong labor movement that protects all working people right now and in the future, we must unite against systemic racism and economic injustice.


And the first step is to listen.


Every year, we bring together leaders to honor their work and learn how labor, racial justice and economic justice intersect. We will do the same this year at the 2021 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference.


The event will be held virtually on Jan. 15–16. Over the course of two days, we will hear from a diverse set of speakers representing the civil rights and labor movements. Some featured speakers include:

  • Derrick Johnson, President, NAACP National
  • Stacey Abrams, Founder, Fair Fight
  • AFL-CIO Officers, President Richard Trumka (UMWA), Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler (IBEW) and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre (UFCW)
  • April Sims, Secretary-Treasurer, Washington State Labor Council
  • Waikinya Clanton, Senior Adviser, Democratic National Committee
  • Everett Kelley, National President, AFGE

We also will be honoring several activists and leaders with our annual MLK awards, with lifetime achievement recognition to AFT Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus Dr. Lorretta Johnson.


There’s no registration fee this year, but you must register to attend.