In 2005 Maxine Waters was honored with the Martin Luther King Legacy Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Los Angeles.
At the dinner she spoke about the power of this great man....
Martin Luther King, Jr. was blessed with
a brilliant mind and he was a deeply religious and spiritual being. He had
the courage of his convictions and he was willing to die for that in which
he believed - and die he did.
Dr. King's leadership forced America to come face to face with its racism,
face to face with its prejudice, face to face with its reign of terror,
beatings and lynching of black people, face to face with years of Jim Crow,
treachery and claims of democracy, face to face with its denial of the
right for blacks to vote, face to face with just plain inequality and
injustice. Despite resistance and terrorism, his leadership forced America
to concede that America was indeed guilty of inhuman policies and practices
that denied blacks equal opportunity and the right to live in safety and
security in America.
Dr. King's bold leadership and consistent agitation helped to break the
back of racism and discrimination...