Spenzo Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

Spenzo took time to honor the legacy of renowned Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.

The “Wife Er” rapper IG’d a historic photo of King at the Aug. 28, 1963 March On Washington event where he and other freedom fighters called for “Jobs and Freedom” for underrepresented communities in America.

“Happy BDay #Dr.MLKJR #Respect,” the caption on Spenzo’s post read.

King’s work in pushing for civil rights reform in America led to the signing of the Civil Rights Acts in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, respectively.

King’s call for equal employment opportunities for African Americans is still a fight that rages on 40 years after the March.

Chicago and many major metropolitan cities have disproportionately high African American unemployment rates. In 2011, African American unemployment in Chicago ranked third highest in the country, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute.

Huge disparities continue to exist between black and whites as it did pre-Civil Rights era.

The poverty rate amongst African Americans in Chicago stands at 34.1 percent, more than triple that of Whites, according to statistics compiled by Chicago Reader. For Whites, the poverty rate is 10.9 percent.

The unemployment rate for African Americans in Chicago is 19.5 percent, more than double that of Whites, which is 8.1 percent.

King, born Jan. 15, 1929, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 14, 1964 for practicing nonviolence when dealing with racial inequality in America. King unfortunately met his untimely demise after he was assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis.

Check out Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Eyes On The Prize: Episode 10- ‘The Promise Land’”

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