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National Consumers League Statement on the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

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August 24, 2011

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Washington, DC — The National Consumers League released the following statement from Executive Director Sally Greenberg and Chair Jane King on the dedication of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial:

The National Consumers League staff and board of directors welcome the long-awaited, permanent tribute to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that now stands alongside other memorials honoring our nation’s greatest leaders, who have stood for liberty and justice for all Americans through the generations. The King National Memorial honors a man of great courage, conviction and strength, a visionary who maintained his commitment to nonviolence as he demanded human dignity and opportunity for all. Florence Kelley, who was NCL’s first leader from the time of its founding in 1899 until 1932, served on the founding board of the NAACP. Kelley set the tone for the League’s work: to defend the rights of workers and consumers of all races and creeds to be treated with dignity and respect. She would have surely celebrated the memorial to a great a leader like Dr. King.

This new memorial on the national mall will create a richer experience for every person who walks there, and provide an opportunity to draw deeper meaning from the American experience and Dr. King’s role in advancing our country’s progression as  a nation that judges its citizens by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

For NCL, the memorial will serve as an important source of inspiration, right here in our midst, to carry on with our work in securing the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream of justice under the law, greater opportunity for all and an America that truly lives up to its historic promise.

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