Today marks the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Words always come up short in describing the legacy he left behind and the impact he has had on our country, and today we remember him and his never-ending pursuit of equality and justice.
We also recognize today that although we have come a long way since the days of the Civil Rights Era, much work remains to be done.
From standing up against hatred and bigotry to combating voter suppression and fighting for economic and racial justice, much of what Dr. King dedicated his life towards remain problems today. If we are to carry the torch of Dr. King’s legacy, we must continue to stand up against injustice wherever it exists.
In the eulogy for three of the young girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, Dr. King said that “we must work passionately and unrelentingly for the realization of the American Dream,” words that ring as true today as they did in 1963
Now more than ever, we have to work passionately and unrelentingly to continue Dr. King’s work. From defending voting rights to working hard for economic equality, we can’t afford to take a day off. The best way we can honor Dr. King’s legacy is by continuing to confront injustice and work even harder for equality.
I’ve made that a cornerstone of my public service, and I pledge today to continue to do so.
Thank you for being with me.