“Joe has fought for the silenced and ignored, the oppressed and left behind. He legislates and leads from our streets and communities –– for and with the peo-ple most in need.” — Martin Luther King, III
On Thursday, Aug. 13, human-rights activist Martin Luther King III endorsed Congressman Joe Kennedy III for U.S. Senate in a video released by the Kennedy for Massachusetts campaign. The fourth President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and oldest living child of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, King cites Kennedy’s record on Civil Rights and a need for new leadership in the Senate as his reasons for endorsing Kennedy.
“I’m proud to endorse Joe Kennedy because this country needs a new generation of civil rights leaders to tackle the injustice and inequity of our past,” said Martin Luther King III. “Throughout his career, Joe has fought for the silenced and ignored, the oppressed and left behind. He legislates and leads from our streets and communities –– for and with the people most in need. Joe is the kind of powerful new voice our country desperately needs in this moment to help bring us to higher, moral ground. We must elect him to the U.S. Senate.”
Martin Luther King III is the latest civil rights activist to endorse Kennedy following the late Congressman John Lewis and Dolores Huerta.
Kennedy is a committed ally to the Black community, understanding that generations of discrimination and disenfranchisement have led to structural barriers for Black and Brown families across the country. Over the course of his career to date, he has fought to proactively and deliberately address these barriers in everything from housing to health care to education, and criminal justice to voting rights. As he continues his campaign across the Commonwealth, he has promised to listen, learn, and relentlessly prioritize equity in both his policy and political choices.