Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has today remembered the civil rights activist, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, on the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr Zeichner says that the world recognises Martin Luther King for his valour fighting racial inequality, but that the battle to eliminate discrimination is far from over.
Mr Zeichner says: “Today, it is important that we remember the long years of struggle that Martin Luther King, and his supporters, had to face to get equal rights under the law. For the vast majority of us today, the idea of being discriminated against based on the colour of your skin is an abhorrent practice that is unimaginable. The truth is however that discrimination and prejudice still exists across the world, and, sadly, in our country too“
“As the MP for Cambridge, I will always stand up and speak out against discrimination of any form. Whether it is religious hatred, the gender pay gap, or racial prejudices – discrimination in any guise must always be challenged.“
“Some years ago, I had the honour of meeting Jesse Jackson. He was with Martin Luther King the day he was shot. I was incredibly moved by his continued commitment to fighting for quite simply everybody. People like Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson have shown courage that had life threatening consequences. We must all take inspiration from their courage so that with each generation the shadows of discrimination that lurk in too many corners of society are eradicated.“
Discrimination must also be tackled in Cambridge. In the last few weeks, Mr Zeichner has signed and supported astatement by Imam Muhammed Amir Karim of the Abu Bakr Mosque, Cambridge. The statement condemned the recent distribution of the ‘Punish A Muslim Day‘ letter, which was circulated in the month of March to homes and businesses, as well as to 4 Muslim MPs.