6:01 P.M. Remembering MLK 50 Years Later
Today I had the honor of joining the National Council of Churches in Christ in the USA (NCC), their partner organizations, and countless others from across the United States, right here in the District of Columbia for the Rally to End Racism.
At the rally, which took place on the National Mall, I presented the NCC with the Rally to End Racism and Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recognition Resolution of 2018, not only to acknowledge the significance of this event, but to help amplify the very important message associated with their cause.
The theme of the rally, “A.C.T. Now!”, calls to our attention to three very simple directives that I believe each American should take to heart. They are:
- AWAKEN ourselves to the truth that racism is ever-present, deeply rooted in American culture, and profoundly damaging to our communities.
- CONFRONT racism, speak truth to ourselves, our communities and institutions, and stand against injustice.
- TRANSFORM the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and structures that shape society.
As we all know, today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Dr. King, whose life was taken from us on Thursday, April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee at 6:01 p.m.
While this great loss struck the very foundation of our democracy, I am glad to say that today, we are continuing to do the work that he would have us to.
Today, despite great challenges, our nation is more inclusive than ever, and it continues to reach new levels of prosperity that all Americans can enjoy.
I am hopeful for a better America and know that one day, we will all live in the country of which Dr. King so vividly dreamed.
To see my complete photo album of today’s Rally to End Racism, visit my Facebook page here.