Academic Historian

Michael K. Honey is the Haley Professor of Humanities and a founding faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma, and emeritus Harry Bridges Chair of Labor Studies at the University of Washington. He is co-producer and director of the documentary film, Love and Solidarity: Rev. James M. Lawson and Nonviolence in the Search for Workers’ Rights; and author of Sharecropper’s Troubadour: John L. Handcox, the Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union, and the African American Song Tradition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, King’s Last Campaign (W.W. Norton, 2007); Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle (University of California Press, 1999); Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights: Organizing Memphis Workers (University of Illinois Press, 1993); and editor, Martin Luther King, Jr., “All Labor Has Dignity” (Beacon Press, 2011). A Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, he has received numerous book awards and recognition for combining service and activism with scholarship. He is a graduate of Howard University (MA), Northern Illinois University (PhD), and Oakland University (BA).