This MLK Day, as many of us join the national call to #ReclaimMLK, we draw on Dr. King's human rights legacy that was typified by his campaigns for racial and economic justice. The current culture of police violence is symptomatic of a deeper malaise of racial and economic injustice that black and brown people face every day. In the history of our country, we have had several opportunities to address racial injustice but we have often been offered piecemeal, limited and compromised solutions. So on this day, we call on the political leaders from the President on down to seize the moment, as President Johnson did following Selma, to lead on a bold national strategy to address contemporary structural racism in the United States once and for all.
It is no secret that the United States is currently confronted with a serious internal crisis - growing inequality, poverty and divisions of all kinds. Despite the incredible victories of the civil rights movement, black and brown communities continue to face structural barriers to enjoying racial and economic equality.