Monday, January 18, 2010

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2010

Today, I am proud to join with all Americans as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He called on Americans to fulfill our nation's promise of Democracy while inspiring our nation's most profound movements by uniting people from all walks of life. On this day we remember and honor his struggles, his accomplishments and his life.

Dr. King faced resistance, encountered threats and ultimately gave his life for the civil rights cause. By challenging our nation to live up to the ideals bestowed to us by the founding fathers, Dr. King instilled a new generation with hope that the American dream is available to all, and not limited by the color of your skin.

While we have made significant strides marching towards the Promised Land that Dr. King spoke of, social injustices he fought against still exist. In honor of his birthday, let us all recognize the full depth of Dr. King's vision and recommit ourselves to establishing equality for all Americans. His legacy remains an inspiration to our nation and we must continue to honor his dream by working to dispel intolerance and social disparities wherever they arise. Although a shadow fell on our nation with Dr. King's untimely departure, his work, his dream and his legacy continue to serve as an example for us all.