Press Release ● Poverty and Opportunity
For Immediate Release: 
July 10, 2015
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, July 8, Martin Luther King III, son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King and President of Drum Major Institute, met with the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity to discuss ways to reduce poverty and promote private investment in developing a more competitive workforce in disadvantaged areas.  Mr. King traveled from Atlanta to share with members of the Task Force his Realize the Dream plan to build partnerships between organizations and programs focusing on poverty alleviation.  This is the Task Force’s third meeting since the 114th Congress convened. 

“Our Task Force was honored to have Mr. King join us today to speak about his father’s legacy and his own work to carry that legacy forward,” stated Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer. “We continue to search for innovative ways to promote opportunity and reduce poverty, and we appreciated hearing Mr. King’s insights from his many years as an advocate and organizational leader. I look forward to continuing to work with him to stand up for justice and help create good jobs that pay well and offer more Americans a secure place in our middle class.”

“It was an honor to welcome Mr. King to today’s Task Force meeting,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee, chair of the Democratic Whip’s Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity. “As the Task Force continues working to craft and pass legislation to eliminate poverty, Mr. King’s insights will help ensure that we develop and implement the best possible strategies to empower the more than 45 million Americans living in poverty to build pathways into the middle class.”

 “I was pleased to join the Democratic Whip Task Force today to discuss how we can alleviate poverty, provide more opportunities and the American Dream to all Americans,” said Martin Luther King III. “I look forward to continuing to work with Congress on ways we can advance America’s promise of opportunity, prosperity and growth.”