The Star Ledger reports:
"But 50 years after Dr. King's visit to Newark, we have made far too little progress as a nation,'' said Ryan Haygood, president and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.
Haygood said blacks still have double the unemployment rate of whites, and the racial wealth gap has nearly tripled. Home ownership, he said, has declined for blacks, and incarceration rates have tripled.
"If there is a lesson for progressive people to learn from the past 50 years and today, it is this: People who care about racial and social justice cannot afford to be timid.''