ATLANTA – Andrea Young, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, issued the following statement regarding Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
“As a young lawyer, I had the privilege of working with Coretta Scott King and Senator Edward Kennedy to pass the legislation that created the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday. This is a day that commemorates one of the great achievements of America — nonviolent social change.
“The ACLU exists in that same spirit of nonviolent social change — that America be true to the meaning of its creed — that all people are created equal. We exist to protect the rights of all Americans to speak, assemble for public protest, and to enforce the promise that no one is above the law.
Remember the Beloved Community Dr. King sought to create. Let us use this day to rededicate ourselves to his vision of the American Dream for everyone.”