It is most befitting that this great man who was never elected to office, used his voice to change America and make it live up to its written creed. King represents Black Americans on the mall, where in the buildings and halls of our national lawmakers there is little black representation.
Let's honor Dr. King by building a beloved community in America where all have enough to eat, a place to sleep, and enough work at decent wages to support a family, buy a home, and raise children in safe neighborhoods.
The dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial provides an opportunity to reflect and commit ourselves to Dr. King's work. Dr. King dreamed to end not just racial injustice, but the poverty that had allowed it to flourish. We need to make that dream a reality.
I am thrilled about the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. As I look at the official website, though, I find myself disappointed that the Chicago Freedom Movement isn't mentioned in the timeline of his life.
Americans, especially African Americans, must not walk through the King national memorial without remembering our dead, without calling the names of those we know and acknowledging the nameless souls who sacrificed for a more just world.