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By Maya L. Harris
updated 1:19 AM EST, Tue January 21, 2014 – CNN OPINION

Editor’s note: Maya L. Harris is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and a contributor to The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink.

(CNN) — “What good does it do to be able to eat at a lunch counter if you can’t buy a hamburger?” Martin Luther King Jr. asked almost 50 years ago.

As we celebrate King’s birthday, recall the historic struggle for equality and reflect on the progress we’ve made, we can’t forget that a basic tenet of the movement King represented was one of economic security.

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