SB MLK Letter

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 WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined a bipartisan commemorative reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail in the United States Senate chamber. 

After an introduction from Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Brown was joined in the reading by Sens. Doug Jones (D-AL), who led the commemorative reading, Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), and Mitt Romney (R-UT). 

Dr. King taught us that ‘progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability.’ It rolls in because we push and we strive and we fight. We challenge the status quo. We take the torch that was passed to us by Dr. King and John Lewis and Diane Nash and so many others in this fight for justice. We carry it as long as we can, and then we pass it to the next generation, who will bring us a little closer to the just and equal society we’re all striving to create,” said Sen. Brown. 

This is the second year in a row Senator Jones has organized a reading of the Letter from Birmingham Jail on the Senate floor. 

Individual clip of Sen. Brown’s reading available here.

You can view the complete reading of the letter here.

The passage from Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, from which Sen. Brown read can be found here.