Miami, January 16. Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband, “Second Gentleman” Douglas Emhoff, paid tribute to Martin Luther King on Monday at an event with African-American students in Miami Beach, South Florida, to mark the holiday in the United States. state in honor of the historic civic leader and in which he promised to “fight the epidemic of hate”.
“We have a responsibility to create a society free of injustice and equality for all,” Emhoff said during his speech at a breakfast hosted by the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Foundation at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Emhoff confessed that the historical activist, who was assassinated on April 4, 1968, was one of the reasons why he became a lawyer and recalled that equal economic opportunity was key to King and was key to developing real change in the United States. was a central part of
He said that since his role as “second gentleman” he has marked “fighting this epidemic of hate in our country” as a priority: “As long as I have this loudspeaker and beyond, I will fight hate.” Will do everything I can to condemn intolerance and lies”, he promised.
He echoed the words of US President Joe Biden, when he said that the present is a time in which citizens have to choose between democracy or autocracy.
Emhoff was joined by Miami-Dade Mayor Daniela Levin Cava and Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, founder of 5000 Role Models of Excellence, at the event.
The foundation, which began operating in 1993, supports young people at risk of social exclusion to graduate from school and continue their training at universities and military academies.
According to the foundation’s website its mission is to “intervene in the lives of children at risk, providing them with alternatives that keep them away from a life of crime and violence”.