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January 18th, 2021
Martin Luther King III Endorses Andrew Yang for Mayor of New York City
**RELEASE** January 18th, 2021
New York, NY—Today, Martin Luther King III endorsed Andrew Yang for Mayor of New York City. Martin Luther King III is the son of civil rights legend Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and has followed in his father’s footsteps as a key figure in advancing civil and human rights, including his father’s vision for a basic income. Andrew Yang and Martin Luther King III campaigned together in Georgia for newly elected Senators Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock.
Martin Luther King III is a champion for underserved communities, dedicating his life to eradicating poverty, fighting for racial justice and developing a new generation of leaders to carry on the movement, as he has carried on his father’s legacy.
Added Martin Luther King III, “I am beyond proud not only to endorse Andrew Yang for Mayor of New York City today, but to serve on his campaign as Co-Chair. Andrew’s dedication to the mission of ending the inequality and poverty ravaging New York is matched only by his vision for how he plans to get it done. My father was one of the first proponents of basic income — a generation later, the racial wealth gap has only expanded while the middle class continues to shrink. This pandemic has worsened conditions for communities in need and can no longer be ignored. We must make my father’s dream a reality and immediately actualize Andrew’s plan for giving cash to those who need it most.”
Said Andrew Yang, Democratic Candidate for Mayor of NYC, “I am honored to have the support of my friend, Martin Luther King III, one of America’s longest standing advocates for justice and equality. Today, we honor Martin’s father, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the historic work he did to create a more equal America. We also recognize that his mission is far from over. The racial wealth gap in this country is staggering, and COVID-19 has only shed more light on the systemic inequalities in our City. I am deeply proud to carry on Dr. King’s vision for a basic income, and with his son standing beside me in this fight, I know we’ll make it a reality.”