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On MLK Day, Biden Says Americans Must Commit to King’s Work

Monday, on Martin Luther King Day, President Joe Biden took the opportunity to remind Americans that we must commit to continuing the unfished work of Martin Luther King Jr. For Biden that means delivering jobs and justice and protecting “the sacred right to vote, a right from which all other rights flow,” President Biden said.

            According to AP News, the president said in a video address that Martin Luther King Day is a moment when a mirror is being held up to America. “It’s time for every elected official in America to make it clear where they stand,” said Biden. “It’s time for every American to stand up. Speak out, be heard. Where do you stand?”

            Monday would have been the 93rd birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, who was just 39 when he was assassinated in 1968 while helping sanitation workers strike for better pay and workplace safety in Memphis, Tennessee. In the decades since, we’ve seen many advancements for black people, but as Biden implies his work is still unfinished. 

            The U.S. economy “has never worked fairly for Black Americans – or, really for any American of color,” said Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in a speech that was delivered on Monday as well. It was one of many speeches by national leaders acknowledging the unmet needs for racial equality on Martin Luther King Day. A reminder that we still have a long way to go as a country in the pursuit of true peace and interconnectedness, the very things Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. fought, and died, for.

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