Katie Baker
For Immediate Release

Gansler Statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Former Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democrat running for governor on his proven record of taking bold action to deliver real results for the people of Maryland, today issued the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

In 1983, I attended the 20th anniversary of Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech where civil and economic rights remained the theme. The event had a defining influence on my career, as did Dr. King’s ‘The Other America,’ delivered at Stanford in 1967.

“In this speech, Dr. King spoke of one America where ‘millions of young people grow up in the sunlight of opportunity.’ Meanwhile, the other America was ‘an arena of blasted hopes and shattered dreams’ with people left ‘perishing on a lonely island of poverty, in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.’

“Dr. King’s words still ring true today; there are two Marylands just as there are two Americas. For too long, Black Marylanders have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity that shines throughout our state. It’s time we close the racial wealth gap and re-structure systems so that Black families can build intergenerational wealth.

“It is not enough to pay lip service to the life of Dr. King. We must honor his legacy through action. My racial justice plan, the ‘Sunlight of Opportunity Agenda,’ outlines my plans to advance equality, justice, and prosperity for Black Marylanders. It’s my commitment to ensure access to good jobs, good schools, equal justice, affordable housing, and personal safety for every Marylander.

“Dr. King’s mission for true equality and justice remains unfulfilled and it’s up to us to take up the torch in his absence. Every issue is a racial justice issue, and our administration will approach every challenge through that lens.”

PHOTO: Gansler at the dedication of the Coretta Scott King Memorial Garden in 2011 with Dr. Bernice King.

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