Hoyer Statement Recognizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in commemoration of the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, observed Monday, January 18:
 
“As we observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I hope that Americans will make the upcoming holiday a day of service to their communities, in honor of a man who gave his life to service. In his ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail,’ Dr. King wrote: ‘Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly….Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.’
 
“That insight was at the center of his life’s work, as he challenged all Americans to broaden their moral obligations to one another as citizens of a free nation. Dr. King urged the oppressed to forswear violence, and to meet hate with love; and he called on the prosperous and comfortable to make common cause with the suffering of their fellow citizens. It has always been a difficult message, then and now; but even though it will always be associated with a time of social transformation more than a half-century ago, its relevance is permanent.”
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