LITHONIA, GA – Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) honored the memory and legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by attending services for the civil rights icon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and the Rockdale Branch of the NAACP Breakfast and the DeKalb NAACP MLK parade and rally in Stone Mountain, Ga., where he served as Grand Marshal.
“Martin Luther King Jr. offered us a message of peace, and inspired us to respect our neighbors not as members of a given race, but as fellow human beings,” said Johnson. “His mission was to ‘end the long night of racial injustice’ – his dream a vision of common purpose and common humanity.”
“This year, in Washington, we finally unveiled the magnificent Martin Luther King National Memorial. In doing so, Dr. King has now taken his rightful place in the pantheon of heroes honored on our National Mall, standing between the memorials to Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. ”
Johnson started the day in Rockdale County, attended the morning ecumenical services at Ebenezer Church downtown and later traveled to Stone Mountain to be Grand Marshal of the parade and rally.
“Dr. King died fighting for workers’ rights,” said Johnson. “He taught us how to live and die, to speak up, speak out and find a way to get in the way of injustice.”