Sacramento, CA – It is during this time of anguish and despair that Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) would like to remind all Americans to reflect on Martin Luther King Jr. Day by remembering the words of Dr. King’s immemorial speech delivered almost 60 years ago (August 28, 1963) on the Capitol Mall. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed that one day this nation would rise and live out the true meaning of the creed that “all men are created equal,” and that “if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.”
In the past few years, our nation has faced historic challenges. We have mishandled the pandemic resulting in the highest infection and fatality rates in the world. Our vaccination delivery system has not been optimized to fight the pandemic, the country’s economy is in shambles and our unemployment rates have skyrocketed.
Evidence of racial inequities is in abundance. Many Americans are still struggling with the concept that Black lives matter, and our Capitol, the citadel of democracy, has been ransacked by an unprecedented riot of violent insurgents, motivated by extremists who do not respect the election’s results.
Amidst all this turmoil, there is still light at the end of the tunnel. In just two short days, the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will take place. Serving alongside President-elect Joe Biden will be Kamala Harris, making history as the first Black and Asian woman to serve as the Vice President of the United States. We hope that this is the beginning of a new page for us to once again honor the fact that we are all Americans and that honoring diversity and equality is what is needed to “Make America Great.”
On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the eve of the new administration, APAPA pledges to redouble our efforts to help this country return to greatness and embrace a partnership with all races to continue making the American Dream come true for ALL Americans.
APAPA is a non-profit, non-partisan and grassroots organization. Its mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through education, leadership, and active participation in civic and public affairs.