On May 17, 1957, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Washington, D.C., for the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King delivered his “Give Us the Ballot” speech in which he remarked, “Keep moving. Let nothing slow you up. Move on with dignity and honor and respectability.”
During celebrations of Black History Month, we honor and recognize the brave men and women who fought for justice and who have – throughout the past 60 years since Dr. King’s declaration – kept moving.
And though the progress we have made is significant and far reaching, now is not the time to stand still in the fight for justice. With 24.1 percent of African-Americans still living below the poverty line and a widening racial wealth gap, financial justice has become just as critical as racial justice. Fortunately, technologies and resources are available today that can help us bridge this gap.