Mike Bloomberg marched in the 37th annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Little Rock, Arkansas on Monday morning alongside the city’s mayor, Frank Scott. He later spent time volunteering with the Homeless Backpack Project, where he helped put sleeping bags, blankets, scarves and other items into backpacks to distribute to the homeless.
“Anyone can be great, because anyone can serve.” Dr. Martin Luther King said that just two months before he was assassinated. His birthday is a chance for all Americans to be great, by honoring his life and legacy through acts of service. For me, it’s also a chance to remember the most important lesson I ever learned.
To begin addressing the racial wealth gap, I have proposed a sweeping and ambitious plan to help 1 million more Black families buy a home; double the number of Black-owned businesses; and triple Black families’ wealth over the next 10 years. We must re-dedicate ourselves to Dr. King’s vision of economic justice, a future where color and capital are no longer related — and we must achieve it.
Just moments ago, Mike gave one of the most important speeches of his campaign. Addressing a large crowd in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, neighborhood that was known as “Black Wall Street” before it was destroyed in a 1921 riot and massacre, he unveiled his “Greenwood Initiative,” a plan that will help address the systemic bias that has kept many Black Americans from gaining wealth.
Geoffrey Canada, Founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone and a national leader in education reform, today announced his endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, praising his plan to address racial disparities in our present-day systems as well as his commitment to creating opportunities for future generations of African Americans.
“Today, Mike Bloomberg unveiled his plan to accelerate economic mobility for African Americans – and as a Tulsan, a Black American and someone who has spent years at the intersection of government and advocacy, I am proud to support him,” said Oklahoma State Senator Kevin Matthews.
Today in a major speech, Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg will announce the Greenwood Initiative, a plan to address the systemic bias that has kept many Black Americans from building wealth.
This weekend, we celebrate the life of Dr. King, and we have to remember that he not only marched for equal rights, he marched for economic justice – because they go hand-in-hand. He knew that equality under the law was only the first step to true equality, and true equality is only achieved when there is no correlation between race and riches. Fulfilling Dr. King’s vision of economic equality across all colors is a monumental challenge. But I’m not running for president to do small things – but to do big things that will make a difference.