Washington, DC— As we observe this year’s holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., People For the American Way President Ben Jealous released the following statement:
“This year’s MLK Day comes as we most need to summon in ourselves the wisdom, faith and determination he showed in his lifelong battle for civil rights. We are at the height of the civil rights battle of our times: the fight to restore and protect voting rights. Even though we have faced obstacles, as he did, Dr. King would not counsel us to give up now; he would call on us to use every ounce of strength to fight even harder. So this year’s holiday is different. Let’s honor Dr. King in the way he would have wanted: by rededicating ourselves to the critical battle for voting rights.”
About People For the American Way
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: http://www.pfaw.org.