Al Sharpton Speaks at MLK Wreathing Ceremony

Part of Al Sharpton’s speech:

Today, on MLK Jr’s Birthday, Al Sharpton, Harry E. Johnson Sr (president and CEO Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation) and Robert Stanton (Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar) spoke in front of the MLK Memorial.  Their words were brief, but their message was clear: MLK’s work is not done.  MLK fought not only his fellow African Americans, but also for other causes, such as poverty, the disinherited and those fighting in Vietnam.  While the fight in Vietnam has long been over, the fight for the poor and disinherited still continues.

Al Sharpton, who spoke at the wreath laying ceremony, said, “He died trying to raise the issues that are still before us. It would be the hype of democracy, it would be the epitome of usery, to look at his image, to raise his bio and not help fulfill his mission.”

Your work is not done yet but one day it will be because you gave us the strength, courage and conviction to continue your mission.

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr!


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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