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!