Crispus Attucks’ MLK Day speaker: We are paying the price of being too late every day and every second

Aiko Bethea said the cost of being too late or engaging in the luxury of cooling off is the lives of others like Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, and thousands dying because of the lack of access to health care.

“We are paying the price of being too late every day and every second,” Bethea said Monday morning during Crispus Attucks’ 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. “In fact, we’re paying it right now.”

The use of the line “engaging in the luxury of cooling off” was an ode to the civil rights leader, who uttered the words in his iconic “I have a dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, at the March on Washington.