NAACP Statement on Dedication of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

The NAACP has released the following statements from Chairman Roslyn M. Brock and NAACP President CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous regarding the dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial:

“Few people shaped our culture and our nation in the 20th century more than Dr. King,” stated Chairman Brock. “His legacy of social justice and activism has played an integral role in so much of what we take for granted today. However, his most enduring gift may be the faith that he had in the next generation to continue his mission. I am proud to be part of the enduring civil rights struggle in this country.”

“Dr. King’s message of equality was first etched in the hearts and minds of the American people,” stated President Jealous. “We have come a long way since the era of Jim Crow segregation. Still, we have not yet realized Dr. King’s dream.  As we confront modern civil rights issues like over incarceration and employment discrimination against the unemployed, and continue fighting old demons like voter suppression and chronic under-education, we must each seek to embody the spirit of this great man who helped keep us all on the path to the Promised Land.”

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