July 13, 2024

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In Recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

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In Recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

On this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. nationwide getaway, the country should not shed sight of ongoing threats to American democracy, which Dr. King struggled to fulfill for all its citizens. We should acknowledge all those who, in the previous two decades, sought to protect it—the users of the Household Pick out Committee on the January 6th Assault, and especially its Chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson. His smart management of the committee has been handed around in most media accounts.

We knew Congressman Thompson was the suitable human being to guide this committee. The A. Philip Randolph Institute mobilized Black voter participation through his first operate for Congress in Mississippi in 1993 as a winner of civil rights and equality. Expanding up in a area in which tyranny and insurrection from prior hundreds of years were nevertheless overtly defended, Chairman Thompson could relay to the American individuals the complete gravity of the Pick out Committee’s reason: to discover out the truth about a different insurrection, this time incited by a sitting president bent on overthrowing the Structure and the people’s will, notably yet again that of Black and other minority voters. Chairman Thompson’s management of the bipartisan Find Committee will be remembered as a blow towards authoritarianism and racism and a substantial contribution to defending — and ideally preserving — America’s multiracial democracy.

Norman Hill, President Emeritus
A. Philip Randolph Institute

Clayola Brown, President
A. Philip Randolph Institute

Velma Murphy Hill
Civil Rights Activist and Former Board Member, APRI
 

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