WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in commemoration of the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, observed Monday, January 21.
“Nearly 40 years ago, in Memphis, Tennessee, an assassin’s bullet prematurely ended the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, his dream lives on; and as we remember his birthday, we must reinvigorate our efforts to become the unified America he envisioned nearly four decades ago.
“While we have good reason to celebrate how far we have come in marching towards Dr. King’s Promised Land, the inequity that he and others fought so hard against persist in our country today. Discrimination may no longer be safe in social, political and legal realms, but its shadow of poverty, ignorance, and injustice remain.
“As Dr. King said just days before his death, ‘Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge, to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.’
“Forty years after Dr. King’s untimely departure, he continues to serve as inspiration for us all to change our nation, our world – and indeed ourselves – for the better.”