Monday, our nation honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose dream of an America that was truly equal for all its people has inspired generations of women and men to fight to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.

From the Montgomery Bus Boycott to marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Dr. King’s actions challenged our society to be better and to come together to fight against the evils of racism, poverty, and militarism that divide us.

Today, we see the fruits of his efforts in the progress that’s been made over the past few decades. But we know much work remains to be done before we can say that Dr. King’s dream has been fully realized.

People of color are still fighting for voting rights, our system of justice still only works for a few, and the right for every worker to earn a livable wage is still not achieved.

Each day, fueled by supporters like you, the team here at the NAACP is doing its part in the fight to right the wrongs that remain. 


Just as Dr. King led in his time, it is up to those of us who care about justice and equality for all to fight and lead in our time.

As we commemorate Dr. King, let’s all do what we can to ensure that people of color and other marginalized groups are not denied their civil rights and basic humanity.


Derrick Johnson
President and CEO

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