LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party today released the following statement honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“Today Americans will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as they also celebrate the second inauguration of President Barack Obama,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “While many remember Dr. King’s struggle for racial equality, some may forget his fight for economic justice. After all, King’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech was delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. To King, these issues were inextricably entwined.
“The fight for true equality — the right to good jobs and quality education for all Americans — continues even today. King’s speech at Stanford in 1967 on ‘The Other America’ would not seem out of place in 2013. As King noted, ‘it’s much easier to integrate a lunch counter than it is to guarantee a livable income and a good solid job.’
“And so as we remember Dr. King on this historic day, it’s important to remember not just his epic struggle for equality at the ballot box, but also his fight for fairness in the workplace.”