ATLANTA ( Associated Press) – Americans must commit to Martin Luther King Jr.’s unfinished business, providing jobs and justice, and protecting “the sacred right to vote, a right from which all other rights flow,” President Joe Biden said. Said on Monday.
The President said in a video address that Martin Luther King Day is a moment when America is being shown the mirror.
“It is time for every elected official in America to clarify where they stand,” Biden said. “It’s time for every American to stand up. Speak up, listen up. Where do you stand?”
Major events for the holiday also included the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church of the slain civil rights leader in Atlanta, whose senior pastor, U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, was hosting Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and other politicians. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and members of King’s family were delivering speeches in Washington.
Monday would have been the 93rd birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was just 39 years old when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968 while helping a sanitation worker strike for better pay and workplace safety.
King, who delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech while leading the March in Washington in 1963 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, saw racial equality as inseparable from reducing poverty and preventing war. His insistence on nonviolent protest continues to influence activists who emphasize civil rights and social change.
The US economy has “never worked fairly for black Americans—or, indeed, for any American of color,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a speech Monday, by national leaders Martin Luther. One day of many acknowledging the unmet needs for racial equality on King.
Yellen referred to King’s famous speech in remarks he recorded for delivery at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network breakfast in Washington, in which he used financial metaphor when describing the Founding Fathers’ promises of equality Was.
King said on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that “America has defaulted on this promissory note as far as its citizens of color are concerned.” He called it “a bad cheque, a check that has been returned as insufficient funds”. But we refuse to believe that the Bank of Justice is insolvent!”
“It’s compelling rhetoric, but I also think that Dr. King knew it was much more than a metaphor. He knew that economic injustice was tied into the great injustice he fought against. From Reconstruction to Until Jim Crow, our economy has never worked fairly for black Americans — or, really, for any American of color,” Yellen said.
He said President Joe Biden’s administration has tried to ensure that no economic institution fails to work for people of color. Equity in the US rescue plan was built to help communities of color recover from the pandemic, and the Treasury is injecting $9 billion into community development financial institutions and minority depository institutions that have traditionally been poorly served by the financial sector. Is.
“There is still a lot of work that needs to be done for the Treasury to reduce the racial wealth divide,” she said.
The King Center said that the 10 a.m. service, which included a keynote by the Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Bishop of The Episcopal Church, a Fox TV affiliate of Atlanta and live on Facebook, YouTube and thekingcenter.org will be broadcast., Planned events in Atlanta also included a march by the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and Youth Service America, a rally and a voter registration campaign.
King Center CEO Bernice King said in a statement, “This King Holiday, I call on us to change our priorities to reflect a commitment to true peace and an awareness of our interdependence, interdependence and interconnectedness. ” “This will lead us to a greater understanding of our responsibilities to one another and to one another, which is vital to learning to live together, finding ‘true peace’ and creating a loving community.”