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Task Force commemorates legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and historic inauguration of nation’s first black president

Date: 
January 19, 2009

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“As we commemorate the life of an unparalleled freedom fighter, a man who stood firmly for all Americans being judged by the ‘content of our character,’ we are on the precipice of realizing a large part of Dr. King’s vaunted dream.”
—Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 — Today marks the federal holiday honoring the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and tomorrow is the historic inauguration of the United States’ first black president.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Directo
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“Our annual celebration of Dr. King’s birthday is particularly meaningful this year. For as we commemorate the life of an unparalleled freedom fighter, a man who stood firmly for all Americans being judged by the ‘content of our character,’ we are on the precipice of realizing a large part of Dr. King’s vaunted dream. 
 
“Tomorrow, with the swearing in of Barack Obama as our 44th president, our country will celebrate a historic achievement that just a few short years ago seemed out of reach —  the inauguration of our nation’s first black president. With this momentous step forward, many of us in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community believe we are also moving closer to the day when all Americans, and all American families, are valued and celebrated.”

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.