Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., directly addressed fellow young people during the commemoration of the March on Washington.
“We have mastered the selfie and TikToks. Now we must master ourselves,” she said. “Less than a year before he was assassinated, my grandfather predicted this very moment. He said that we were moving into a new phase of the struggle. The first phase was the civil rights and the new phase is genuine equality.”
“Genuine equality is why we are here today and why people are coming together all across the world, from New Zealand to New Jersey,” she added.
Yolanda vowed to her late grandfather that the civil rights movement of the 1960s would not be forgotten and it will inform current protests.
“We stand and march for love and we will fulfill my grandfather's dream,” she said.
Yolanda said her generation will put an end to gun violence, police brutality, systemic racism, poverty and climate change.
“My generation has already taken to the streets peacefully and with masks and socially distanced to protest racism. And I want to ask the young people here to join me in pledging that we have only just begun to fight and that we will be the generation that moves from ‘me’ to ‘we’,” she said.