Today, as we take the time to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let us honor his commitment to service and civil rights laws that helped make our Nation stronger, more equal, and truer to the principles upon which it was founded. We must always be reminded of the America Dr. King dreamed of, where justice and acceptance triumph over hate and separation. This America guarantees a fair shot for all, including the right to fully participate in the progress and process of our country. In the almost 50 years since Dr.King’s passing, there is still much work to be done to protect hard-won rights and advance the cause of equality. As a member of Congress, I will continue to fight for equal rights and justice in our communities. This includes supporting restoring the Voting Rights Act, reforming the criminal justice system, increasing investment in early learning for our most vulnerable children and promoting an economy with rising incomes. All of us, lawmakers and citizens together, must remain vigilant in ensuring that all Americans have an equal opportunity to pursue the American Dream.
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Today, we remember one of the proudest days in our Nation’s history, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. declared his dream for a better America. 50 years later, we renew our commitment to justice, especially in the face of new challenges such as Voter ID laws and the Supreme Court’s decision gutting a key section of the Voting Rights Act. While these developments may test us, with vigilance and perseverance we will overcome these obstacles on the path to justice. We must also redouble our efforts to create jobs and economic opportunity for all Americans. Together, our progress will continue, and we will one day realize Dr. King’s dream in which all Americans have an equal opportunity to pursue the American Dream.