Statement

Our Revolution Leaders Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WASHINGTON – Ahead of the April 4 remembrance of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., leaders from the political advocacy group, Our Revolution, today offered a series of reflections:

"Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s actions spoke even louder than his words,” said Our Revolution Board Member Rep. Justin T. Bamberg, Esq. [Bamberg, South Carolina]. “We do a disservice to his legacy when we remain silent on issues of social, racial, and economic justice. We must continue to not only speak loudly but act feverishly to strengthen our country in these important areas."

"We all have a responsibility to live up to the words and actions of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He called us to serve and to fight for justice,” said Our Revolution Board Member Jane Kleeb [Nebraska]. “His years were filled with marches in the streets to ensure the right to vote. I’m joining thousands of Our Revolution members at the grassroots level working to get our voices heard at the ballot box to honor King and all the leaders who paved this path.”

“Amongst the many profound quotes that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used during his short lifetime, the one that affected me the most, was ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice,’” said Representative Lucy Flores [Glendale, California]. “When we spend our time doing everything we can to make things better for ourselves and for our communities, we don't always see immediate results. In fact, some days it feels like we might never solve the persistent injustice that we see so often. But on those days, I remember Dr. King's words, 'the arc is long, but it bends towards justice' and I remember that the fight for justice is often very difficult but as long as we keep pushing, the arc will bend. And it will bend towards justice.”

“The best way to honor the memory of the Rev. Dr. King and the sacrifices he made, is to fight for equality and justice and to pursue policies that change the material conditions of persons living in the grip of poverty or under the weight of oppression,” said Our Revolution President, Senator Nina Turner [Cleveland, Ohio]. “In the same way that he sought to disrupt the status quo, there is a new generation of leaders who are working to bring a great awakening to the nation; reminding us to once again live up to who we say we are on paper.”