“I have a dream” were the iconic words of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 during the March on Washington. From the Ebenezer Baptist Church’s pulpit to the polls, the fight for equality, social and economic justice continues.

Nearly 60 years ago, the Voting Rights Act was enacted, and it is inspiring to see how pivotal the Black vote has become in breaking racial and gender barriers in the White House and the United States Senate.

Today, we have witnessed how his home state of Georgia will lead us into a new era of democracy.

King’s legacy lives on through Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Senator-elect Rev. Raphael Warnock, and the ongoing work of Stacey Abrams to end voter suppression.

With a seat at the table, this is how we will dismantle the systemic racism in our justice system, schools, hospitals, and workplace. Together, we will break the cycle of oppression that has spanned across generations for over 400 years.

On what would have been his 92nd birthday, we must never forget that “​injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Therefore, as a member of the New York City Council Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus @blacaucus , it is up to us to finish the work that began through the Civil Rights Movement