On January 15, 2014, in commemoration of the 85th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birth, several prominent African American Legacy Families, descendants of those whom directly experienced unspeakable degradation and brutality during the dark days of American slavery, voiced their own concern and empathy, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., for those families suffering the misery of being trapped in modern-day slavery.

The Quander Family (descendants of the slaves of George Washington) joined together with descendants of Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Benjamin Banneker, Mary McLeod Bethune, Solomon Northrup, William Still, Madame C.J. Walker, Alexander Trent, Malcolm X, Dr. Charles Drew, Carrie Williams Clifford, and the Gist Family in a spirit of unity and solidarity to assert that: AFRICAN AMERICANS AND FELLOW AMERICANS SHOULD OPPOSE THE MODERN-DAY ENSLAVEMENT OF THE DALITS (of India), AND DECLARE EMPATHY WITH THEIR PLIGHT.

This "Declaration of Empathy" signing event will be regarded as a milestone in the history of the contemporary abolition movement. Join the movement; and, DECLARE EMPATHY by signing the OFFICIAL PETITION.

Image © Michael Lawson

Image © Michael Lawson

On May 1, 2007, The 110th United States Congress passed House Concurrent Resolution 139 "expressing the sense of the Congress that the United States should address the ongoing problem of untouchability in India."

View and download the full PDF version of House Concurrent Resolution 139 here.

Dalits-Untouchablility -- During UN General Assembly, April 24, 2009, World Conference against Racism (Durban Review Conference): IHEU (International Humanist and Ethical Union) Main Representative Roy W. Brown speaking on chattel slavery, untouchability and the other forms of slave trade.