Pat Quinn delivered a homily on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at United Baptist Church to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and remember his connection to Chicago and Illinois.
“Dr. King believed in fundamental economic fairness – in housing, education, healthcare, and employment,” Gov. Quinn said.
“Today it is more important than ever to make sure we honor Dr. King’s legacy of economic justice and decency towards everyone.”
In January, 1966 – 52 years ago this month – Dr. King moved to an apartment at 1550 S. Hamlin on Chicago’s West Side, a short distance from United Baptist Church.
Dr. King was invited to Chicago to combat discrimination and poverty that inflicted hundreds of thousands of people in the city.
The issues of poverty and economic injustice that Dr. King confronted are still present today, including the challenge of many consumers trying to afford extremely high heating bills in the cold of winter.
Just this week, Peoples Gas was allowed to proceed with a costly plan that will double natural gas bills on consumers, making it extremely difficult for many people to afford to heat their homes in the cold winter months.