De Blasio celebrates MLK Day addressing income inequality, volunteering

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray at the 28th annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at BAM Monday.
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In an effort to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Mayor Bill de Blasio volunteered and spoke about income inequality during appearances in Brooklyn and Harlem Monday.

“We need to feel energized and focused even though he can’t be with us,” de Blasio said at the National Action Network in Manhattan. “We can’t wait.”

In Harlem and earlier at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, de Blasio declared that it was time to act in addressing income inequality, reforming stop-and-frisk and pushing forward a new paid sick days bill.

“The time to build shared prosperity is now,” de Blasio said at BAM, standing with his wife, Chirlane McCray. “Now is the time to do the things we can do to reach people in need.”

After appearing with other elected officials at the Brooklyn tribute to King, de Blaiso and McCray also volunteered at The Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in West Harlem.

“This is the day when we think about the meaning of Dr. King and what I think is so important, never to see his teachings as something in the past, or something that’s just a part of history in a museum — but to live them,” de Blasio said at the pantry, according to a pool report. “They were meant to be lived.”

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