Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018, Monday, Jan. 15, honors the slain civil rights icon on what would have been his 89th birthday.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr 1963
Let’s keep the dream alive and the hope that one day even a black man can drive a car with a burned out tail light and live to tell about it.
The Twin Cities are home to some of the worst racial disparities in the country. In metrics across the board—household income, unemployment rates, poverty rates and educational attainment—the gap between white people and people of color is significantly larger in Minnesota than it is most everywhere else. There is also a large gap in homeownership between people who are white and people of color. Homeowners have a significantly higher net worth than renters have.
Photograph from the Minnesota Historical Society collection