Make Plans Now for 2010 MLK Holiday Observance

This year’s MLK Holiday Observance will honor the students who triggered dozens of similar protests around the country when they sat down at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, on February 1, 1960.

The 2010 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance will be take place January 14-18 in Greensboro, NC, and will commemorate the 50 th anniversary of the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins in that city.

This year’s historic observance is being coordinated with the North Carolina AFL-CIO, the Triad Central Labor Council and local unions and will feature an array of speakers, workshops, an awards dinner and a day of community service projects in the Greensboro area.

“Like recent MLK Observances in Nashville, TN, New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX, this year’s event in Greensboro is an opportunity to connect with the people and places that are a vital part of civil rights and labor history in this country,” said IAM Executive Assistant Diane Babineaux. “The IAM has always been a strong and vocal presence at these events and I encourage any local that can send members to do so.”

A reduced hotel rate of $104 plus 12.75 percent tax has been negotiated at the Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons ( and this year members can make reservations online at: Use the access code: MLKDAY. For additional information, contact Debbie Justus-Thomson at or 202-637-5228.