WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today to commemorate the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21, 2013. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of January each year to mark the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“As we celebrate the life of a gifted, courageous, and inspiring leader, we remember that the vision of brotherhood and non-violence that guided the movement Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led became the driving force behind revolutionary non-violent political and social change in our country.
“The legacy he left behind was not just the progress that has been made in fulfilling the country’s great promise—but the standard of morality that he firmly established in social and political activism that continues to guide us today. It was not only a moral imperative, but, by inspiring countless millions, it also proved to be the most effective strategy for success.
“Throughout his years in the public eye, Dr. King challenged every American to stand up for the things that are good and great about our country-- to be ready, always, to defend her against those who would trample on the bedrock principles of freedom and justice for all, whether threatened from abroad or at home.
“For Dr. King, and all of us who follow in his footsteps, the ‘dream’ is anything but an empty fantasy. It is an on-going call to action. It is a renewal of our commitment to stand up for the cause of freedom that is the heritage of each and every one of us as American citizens and children of God.
“Certainly, according to his own words, ‘We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.’
“As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., let us stand together for strength and brotherhood and unity within our great country. Let us rededicate ourselves to the good and great things the country stands for—and let us pray for a more peaceful, compassionate, and loving world for ourselves and all humankind.”