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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made inspiring and memorable speeches about equality and justice. But we must also remember that he was calling for political action to advance racial justice and voting rights for African Americans in the United States.
It’s hard to imagine that Dr. King would be pleased with the way things are going in our country today. And we know he would be disappointed and outspoken about some of President-Elect Trump’s appointees, especially Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for Attorney General.
In 1986, Dr. King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, wrote a letter to Congress urging them to block the nomination of Jeff Sessions for federal judge.
In that letter, she wrote:
“Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts… I believe his confirmation would have a devastating effect on not only the judicial system in Alabama, but also on the progress we have made toward fulfilling my husband’s dream.”
Coretta Scott King’s words are just as true today.
Let’s honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by coming together and taking action. For as Dr. King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
In 1986, the Judiciary Committee refused to move the Sessions nomination to the Senate floor for a vote because of accusations of racism and his record of antipathy toward civil rights.
And his record of discrimination has only grown over the last thirty years. As U.S. Attorney, Sessions was accused of specifically targeting black civil rights activists for voter fraud. And as a U.S. Senator, Sessions has supported discriminatory voter ID laws.
Senator Jeff Sessions cannot be our top law enforcement officer, a position that requires someone who will protect America's civil rights and voting rights laws.
Let’s stand together and raise our voices in opposition. Please add your name: Sign our petition to tell the U.S. Senate to reject Jeff Sessions for Attorney General!