January 22nd, 2014
Young Democrats of America Maintain MLK’s Fight for Greater Equality
WASHINGTON, DC - The Young Democrats of America, the nation’s largest youth political organization, remember Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the non-violent movement his legacy represented that enshrined greater legal equality in America.
“Today, we pause to remember the life, work and legacy of one of America’s greatest men and the millions of Americans that joined the movement he represented fighting for greater equality in America,” said Atima Omara, president of the Young Democrats of America. “However, we also pause to remember that Dr. King’s legacy and fight is not yet won and the remaining work is left to us to ensure that America’s promise is real to every American regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, immigration or socio-economic status.”
As the Young Democrats of America mark Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it has recommitted itself to pursuing the fight for greater equality in America by announcing its support of the Leahy/Sensenbrenner fix to the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
“Last year, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and several jurisdictions rushed to created unfair voting laws,” said Omara. “The Justice Department has led a strong effort to prevent these laws from limiting the vote of America’s more vulnerable communities but this problem needs a legislative fix.”
The Young Democrats of America also remain committed to advancing civil rights and equality.