On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, US still far away from racial justice
As African Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday in the US, Black preachers say the recent attack on the US Capitol was proof that racial injustice still thrives in America.
Among the predominantly white mob that stormed Congress on January 6, photographs and video from the chaos showed some people baring symbols of racism and white supremacy.
The storming of the Capitol was carried out by a mob of supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump in an attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 US presidential election.
Several faith leaders gathered on Sunday in front of Faneuil Hall in Boston and took turns speaking to a group of about 50 people. They talked about King's legacy of fighting racial and economic injustice, and deplored how far away the US remains from racial equality.
"So much work remains ahead of us," Reverend Josh Wilson said. "The evil of white supremacy remains on proud display in our nation's Capital, only this last week — and if we have eyes to see, each and every day."
"As far as we've gone, we also see that we have so much further to go," said the Reverend Willie Bodrick II, senior pastor at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts.
King was an assistant minister at that church during his years of studying theology at Boston University in the 1950s.
White backlash to the progress of Black people is "as American as apple pie," said Bodrick.
Martin Luther King, a clergyman and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, was assassinated on April 4, 1968. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights in the 1950s and 60s.
King was fatally shot at the age of 39 by James Earl Ray while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dr. King was only 24 years old when he led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott—a major event in the history of African American Civil Rights Movement.
On August 28, 1963, he arranged the “March on Washington”, described as one of the largest political rallies for human rights in the history of the US.