Steven C. Pitts
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Immediately after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Bayard Rustin, deputy director of the march, read off the marchers’ demands.1
As they did after each demand was read aloud, the crowd roared its approval when Rustin proclaimed,
We demand that there be an increase in the national minimum wage so that men may live in dignity.2
The demand for a higher minimum wage was part of a package of demands seeking economic justice for workers through government intervention in the labor market.