Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement in Recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
DALLAS, TX – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released a statement in recognition of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the national day of service that is observed annually on the third Monday of January:
“On Monday, January 15, 2018, we honor the tireless efforts of a great man, Civil Rights leader and hero to many across the world, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He fought fervently for the rights of millions of people, not just in the South, but across the country, who were fighting Jim Crow laws that continued to plague the country.
“This year we are witnessing changes to laws that impact those from different backgrounds. The American dream should not be for one group of people to experience, but should be experienced by all. However, that can only be achieved through equality and mindsets to be changed in how we view our neighbors, as Dr. King taught us.
“Dr. King’s legacy of courage and inspiration motivate us to believe in a better tomorrow. ‘Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane,’ said Dr. King. So it is beyond disappointing that in over 50 years we continue to struggle in accessibility to basic human rights such as health care or economic stability.
“As a senior Member of Congress from the state of Texas, I have witnessed firsthand and continue to participate in the long sought out fight for peace, justice and equality for Texans and all Americans. We must remain diligent and engaged in defining how our nation will achieve this equality. This weekend many will participate in service projects in their local communities to help those who are less fortunate. May our actions continue to reflect our gratitude of the service made by Dr. King and all the civil rights leaders that came before us.”
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