Each year, the United States and the world honors the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Memorial Foundation, IMPACT, and the Faith & Politics Institute host an annual wreath laying ceremony at the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC.

I shared my thoughts about Dr. King’s legacy at the ceremony, here’s what I said:

2017 is a new year and the beginning of a new era in our nation. We are in a time of rapid change and many Americans are asking; “Where do we go from here?”

Almost 50 years ago, in 1967 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. answered that question. In a speech, aptly named, “Where Do We Go From Here” Dr. King reviewed the first decade of his Southern Christian Leadership Conference(SCLC) and discussed the way forward.

Dr. King said:

“in order to answer the question, “Where do we go from here?” which is our theme, we must first honestly recognize where we are now.”

In 1967, victories had been won in Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 had been passed, but there was still work to be done. Dr. King intensified his focus on economic injustice.

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