The AFL-CIO Drum Major for Justice Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to the national leader who has dedicated their life to advancing civil and workplace rights. This year, IUPAT General President Kenneth E. Rigmaiden was honored with the award.
In a sermon delivered nearly 55 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. described what he called the “Drum Major Instinct” to the congregation in Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. The words he spoke that day were the inspiration for a national service award from the AFL-CIO that recognizes leaders who give their time serving others but seldom seek the spotlight.
“Everyone at IUPAT DC6 is proud of our General President for his selfless motives, leadership, and drum major instincts,” commented Jim Sherwood, Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer for IUPAT DC6. “Ken truly is a drum major for justice and for righteousness, in the spirit of Dr. King. Everyone at DC6 Congratulates President Rigmaiden on receiving this recognition.”
According to the AFL-CIO, Kenneth Rigmaiden answered Dr. King’s call to live a life filled with justice and love and he dared to dream of a better today and tomorrow.