You might think the Conscious Consumer movement is a new and emerging phenomenon. Well, friends, it’s not. Back in 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. already knew that we are connected to the rest of the world through the goods we buy:
“. . . And don’t forget in doing something for others that you have what you have because of others. Don’t forget that. We are tied together in life and in the world. And you may think you got all you got by yourself. …You reach on over to get a little coffee, and that’s poured in your cup by a South American. Or maybe you decide that you want a little tea this morning, only to discover that that’s poured in your cup by a Chinese. Or maybe you want a little cocoa, that’s poured in your cup by a West African. Then you want a little bread and you reach over to get it, and that’s given to you by the hands of an English-speaking farmer, not to mention the baker. Before you get through eating breakfast in the morning, you’re dependent on more than half the world.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life,” delivered at New Covenant Baptist Church in Chicago on April 9, 1967. (Find the complete transcribed text here.)
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