Washington, D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel today made the following statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:
“This Martin Luther King Jr. Day I want to reflect on the values of equality and justice that Dr. King dedicated his life to, and the vision he had for America’s future.
“In the 50 years since his assassination, we have seen tremendous progress, from the end of Jim Crow laws, to the election of our country’s first African-American President. However, the past year has shined a spotlight on the many, many steps we must take before Dr. King’s vision is fully realized. This year we have witnessed the ugliness of hatred and racism in Charlottesville, and a President who has pushed policy after policy that attempt to disenfranchise, incarcerate, impoverish and deport those seeking the American dream.
“Like Dr. King, we must dedicate ourselves to fighting injustice. We must work toward the civil and economic equality of all who live in this country. And we must stand up and give voice to the most vulnerable among us who have had their voices silenced for too long.
“In Congress, I remain committed to Dr. King’s vision for America. I am working to make this nation’s elections more fair and open, expand access to health care, end gun violence, ensure fair housing, and broaden education opportunities. The engagement and perseverance of so many this year also gives me hope. I am convinced that together, we can create a more perfect union. As Dr. King said, ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’”
Please note this press release was originally published on January 15, 2018 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.