OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Michael K. Honey

Portrait of Michael K. Honey

Michael K. Honey is the Fred and Dorothy Haley Professor of Humanities at the University of Washington, Tacoma. He teaches ethnic, gender, and labor studies, and African American and U.S. history, and specializes in work on Martin Luther King Jr. He is the author of several award-winning monographs on labor and civil rights history, including Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, King's Last Campaign (2007) and Sharecropper's Troubador: John L. Handcox, the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union, and the African American Song Tradition (2013), and the editor of "All Labor Has Dignity" (2011), a collection of King speeches supporting labor rights and economic justice. A former southern civil rights organizer, he has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, and the Stanford Humanities Center. His most recent projects are the film "Love and Solidarity: Rev. James Lawson and Nonviolence in the Search for Workers' Rights," with Errol Webber, and the forthcoming book "To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice."

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