ALBANY, GA (WALB) – State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond was the keynote speaker at Monday night's King Day Celebration at the Albany Civic Center. He says Dr. King didn't just stand up for the rights of black people. He fought for economic justice for all people.
Thurmond said, "We are here to help to continue that fight, to encourage those who are on the front lines to continue to serve and to help those who are not educated, not skilled to get access to those skills so they can get back into the job market. There are civil rights and there are economic rights, and economic rights are number one today." Thurmond says King spoke often of the value of a job and the importance of doing your best at work no matter what your job is.
Commissioner Thurmond says he wants to hold a job summit in southwest Georgia much like one the Labor Department hosted in Atlanta Monday. It brought government, education, and business leaders together to try to find ways to put more Georgians to work. Thurmond says public agencies need to work better together to help people get the resources they need to improve their job skills.
His office will take the ideas talked about at the summit and put together a plan of action to try to reduce Georgia's double-digit unemployment rate.