MIAMI GARDENS – Vice President Joseph Biden spoke Monday at Florida Memorial University’s annual prayer breakfast in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
In addition to celebrating what would have been the slain civil rights leader’s 81st birthday, Biden urged continued support for Haiti, acknowledging the 100 Haitian-American students enrolled at the historically black university in Miami Gardens.
Biden, who was in Miami to meet with members of the Haitian-American community and military personnel regarding relief to Haiti, encouraged Americans do give whatever they can to help the impoverished nation that is reeling from a devastating 7.0-level earthquake.
In honoring King, the vice president reminisced about his own involvement in civil rights, when as a young law student he worked in a predominantly black community in his home state of Delaware.
Acknowledging that with the election of President Obama, “we have made incredible progress,” Biden added, “We’ve got a long way to go,” as he rattled off statistics regarding inequality still faced by blacks in 2010.
“May the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King continue to inspire us,” the vice president said.
Pictured above is Vice President Joe Biden.