Martin Luther King Junior was killed more than 50 years ago, but his work must continue in America.
That message from the Rev. William Barber was a centerpiece of La Crosse’s King Day celebration organized by Viterbo on Monday night.
Barber is a co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, founded by Dr. King in 1968, and he says racism and poverty are among the sins which must be fought in America, and which are seen in the battle against COVID-19.
He says “most of the people who have died (from COVID) have been poor and low-wealth…which is the one stat, the one piece of data that we’re not even tracking right now.”
During the live virtual ceremony on Facebook,
“You cannot say it is non-American, it is very much a part of the American history,” said Barber. “The same tactic Trump used has been used by many others. They poured the gasoline. The difference is, he lit a match.”
The La Crosse ceremony also honored local residents for their work in battling racism and other national problems.
The local King Day committee presented Amanda Goodenough, the director of Campus Climate at UW-L, with its annual leadership award, and