This month, as we celebrate Black History Month, I am struck by how far we’ve come since the days of slavery and Jim Crow laws and how much more work remains to be done to achieve real equity. We often focus on the work of great leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on racial justice. Sadly so much of the struggle for racial justice continues today. Yet we cannot forget Dr. King’s words, “Our Struggle is for Genuine Equality, Which Means Economic Equality.”
Dr. King spoke about this at Victory Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1967, “We aren’t merely struggling to integrate a lunch counter now, we’re struggling to get some money to be able to buy a hamburger or a steak when we get to the counter.”
Today, too many people continue to struggle to earn a livable wage. We need to work together to make sure everyone, no matter what their race or ethnicity, have access to clean water, healthy food, safe housing, and quality health care. All of us must recommit ourselves not only to working for racial justice, but also for economic equality.