Today we remember the sacrifices of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders in order to break the barriers of injustice and discrimination in the Americas. Their work cannot be in vain, however, and there remains much bigotry and prejudice in our modern society.
In the often-heated debate over immigration, immigrants’ rights groups have invoked Dr. King’s name for their cause. It is no coincidence, for example, that a naturalization ceremony was held on what would’ve been King’s 81st birthday in Atlanta.
Below is video of a speech given by Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar in honor of Dr. King. In his discourse, Huizar observes the parallels between King’s work and immigration:
Do you agree with Huizar? Are there ties between King’s legacy and the current immigrants’ rights movement? Is there a major disconnect between African-Americans and Latinos over immigration?
What do you think?
Online Sources- Los Angeles Times, YouTube