Representative Tyrone Brooks took to the House well this morning to address a letter sent by the King Family to the governor, asserting their right to approve any statue to honor the late Martin Luther King. The matter was covered here by Jim Galloway.
Representative Brooks spoke of the timeline when the legislation was conceived, consensus built, and legislation passed. He specifically noted support from Martin Luther King III and Bernice King along the way, along with Rev. Joseph Lowery.
I was in the House Chamber the morning the legislation passed. The speakers, Black and White, Republican and Democrat, represented what Rev. Lowery told Rep. Brooks. This is a new day in Georgia.
It is incredibly disappointing to see the King family interject themselves in a way that could create hesitancy in a Senate vote. Rep. Brooks understands that, and conveyed a strong message to the Senate to ignore the noise and pass the bill.
On this one, he’s absolutely right.