Martin Luther King Jr. and The Identity of #SocialWork

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Martin Luther King Jr. is hero of mine. Chances are if you follow me I assume you may feel the same way. He should be a hero to anyone interested in positive change and social justice. When you look at Dr. King’s body of work, he personifies social work at it’s roots. He was a community organizer and fighter for social justice. He also had some serious “micro” or engagement skills that contributed to the cause.

In the #macrosw community on twitter we often debate the identity of social workers. Are we therapists or are macro social workers (community organizers)? As a practicing therapist, I often forget our macro roots; that social work is both. Sadly, the last chapter of Dr. King’s life illustrates this well. His last act was to assist Memphis sanitation workers.  It was a fight for social justice. Two African-American sanitation workers had been accidently killed, with no response from the city. He as also…

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