With Gov. Bill Lee within close range, the Rev. Dr. William Barber II delivered a pointed speech. (Screen shot)

NASHVILLE — The Rev. Dr. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s campaign, gave an impassioned speech in front of thousands as he urged Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee and others in attendance to not just love Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy but act.

The Rev. Dr. William Barber II spoke forcefully during his MLK Day address in Nashville. (Screenshot)

The Tennessean reports Barber delivered a fiery and sometimes adversarial speech Monday in Nashville at an event honoring King.

Turning to directly address Lee and other elected officials, he said “it is time to put down the partisanship and do what is right.”

Among other issues, Barber called for universal health care and a living wage for the poor. Lee is against expanding Medicaid in Tennessee and raising the minimum wage.

A Lee spokesman says, “Freedom allows for different opinions, and that is what makes this country the special place it is.”

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