Dear Rep. Ocasio-Cortez,

We, the undersigned, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Nashville, Tennessee. We were students at Fisk University, Meharry Medical College and American Baptist College And today, we join with our fellow Americans in objecting to your use of the Civil Rights Movement in a misguided effort to promote your unrelated progressive agenda.

In recent public statements, you have repeatedly compared your pet platforms to the sacrifice and achievements of the Civil Rights marchers. In doing so, you trivialize our efforts and demean our work.

You cannot borrow the glory of another, greater movement in order to lend legitimacy to your work. Your ideas and proposals must stand or fall on their own merits.

Attempting to use the Civil Rights Movement for your own purposes reflects poorly on your knowledge of history and appears disrespectful and dismissive.

Sincerely,

Rev. William Owens

Dr. Palace Humphreys McCutchen 

Wallace McCutchen 

Betty Ford 

Lewie Ford

Betty Owens 

Melvin Johnson 

We, the undersigned, join with the Civil Rights leaders above and add our voices to theirs in our objection to this misuse of the movement.