Today we celebrate and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose remarkable life changed the trajectory of America for the better. Dr. King devoted his life’s work to taking on the evils of racism and poverty, challenging us to build a better country in which every American has an equal opportunity. Today is a day to reflect on how far we have come – but also to remind ourselves how far we still have to go if we are to truly realize Dr. King’s dream.
Chairman Harold Dutton of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus shares this statement on the occasion of this national holiday:
“There is no question that our democracy is full of darkness and hate, but as we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let’s remember his words –“darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
To all who have participated in parades, community events or a day of service today to honor Dr. King, thank you. Let’s honor Dr. King not just today, but every day, through our work to build a more perfect union.