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Honoring the Extraordinary Legacy of Dr. King

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Washington, DC, Jan 12, 2012 | Meghan Kolassa ((202) 225-3761) | comments
By Rep. Fred Upton -

Every January, we come together as a richly diverse nation to observe and honor the extraordinary life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Today, we remember and reflect upon his words: 

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. … Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

It is hard to believe that this remarkable American hero would have turned 83 this year. Although he was taken from us over four decades ago, his dedication to a higher calling continues to inspire and guide new generations of Americans. 

I was very pleased to see the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial dedicated this year in Washington D.C. This immaculate representation of Dr. King is now available for folks from around the country and around the globe to visit.  It is a lasting reminder of the timeless sacrifice he made to promote values of non-violence and tolerance for all. 

Dr. King encouraged us to dream of a land where people of every religion, race, and creed could experience freedom and opportunity. Through the leadership of Dr. King, our nation began to identify racism and bigotry as a vicious stain on our democracy.  

Dr. King’s idealism not only dared us to believe a better world was possible, but expected us to be part of the solution. Each and every member of our community has the responsibility to continue Dr. King’s fight for equality and justice, to keep his vision of a fair society alive.

Thanks to those who have followed him, Dr. King’s message of hope and healing is alive and well today.

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