International Comparative Labor Studies

We envision a world-class global comparative labor studies program that serves African American workers and communities in the quest for meaningful lives, social justice, and a sustainable environment.

Morehouse College has long been a center for the study and advancement of civil and human rights. This institution has earned a global reputation for crafting leaders, particularly in social justice and public service. Economic justice and the rights of workers have always been inextricably linked to this work. Few examples of this stand more prominently than Morehouse Alumnus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts, as part of his Poor People’s Campaign, to support striking sanitation workers’ in Memphis, where his life was taken.

As we enter this new economic and political era, there is a need to formalize and institutionalize the all-important bonds that tie the African American Community to the international labor movement. Further, Morehouse is uniquely situated, as an HBCU and a globally recognized institution with a history of training leaders, to establish and grow this center of scholarly research to offer practical advice and continue to provide a morally grounded education.