MLK’s daughter: My father would have supported the ‘Occupy’ movement

By Andrew Jones
Monday, October 17, 2011 12:11 EDT
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At the Martin Luther King memorial ceremony in Washington D.C. Sunday morning, the daughter of the legendary civil rights hero said he would have fully supported the 99 Percent movement.

In a passionate speech, Rev. Bernice King indicated that her father’s work should be moved from “racial injustice” to “economic injustice,” something that’s highlighted with the Occupy protests.

“I hear my father saying what we are seeing now all across the streets of America and the world is a freedom explosion,” she said. “The deep rumbling of discontent we hear today is the thunder of disinherited masses, rising from the dungeons of oppression to the bright hills of freedom. As we protest here today, we must conduct ourselves in a higher plane of dignity and disclipine.”

King emphasized how the country must improve in many areas, from overall inequality to capital punishment rulings given to the likes of Troy Davis.

“We should never adjust to the one percent controlling more than 40 percent of the wealth,” she said. “We should never adjust to unprecedented number of people unemployed. We should never adjust to any person being without health care because they can not afford it. We should never adjust to an increase of people moving into poverty. We should never adjust to a judicial system that allows us to take a life when guilt is yet in question.”

WATCH: Video from Youtube, which appeared on October 16, 2011.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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