MLK Day, Diana Richardson, Martin Luther King, celebration
By Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, 34th District

Assemblywoman Diana Richardson

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We honor the values he taught us through his example , the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not only for celebration and remembrance, education and tribute, but above all a day of service. All across America on the Holiday, his followers perform service in hospitals and shelters and prisons and wherever people need some help. It is a day of volunteering to feed the hungry, rehabilitate housing, tutoring those who can’t read, mentoring at-risk youth, and a myriad of projects for building the beloved community of his dream.

We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability,” Dr. King said, expressing the idea that, without people who are willing to work diligently toward change. “Time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation.” Dr. King highlighted that segregation was morally wrong because it denied people their basic rights to education, prosperity and health. His leadership encouraged passage of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed segregation, and the Voting Rights Acts of 1965, which made discriminatory voting practices illegal.

America will always remember the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year, on the third Monday in January, we celebrate his birthday. This is the first national holiday to honor an individual African American. The legacy of Dr. King lives in each of us and we are responsible to promote, teach and live the American Dream. It is my hope that you to commemorate this Holiday by making your personal commitment to serve humanity with the vibrant spirit of unconditional love that was his greatest strength, and which empowered all of the great victories of his leadership.

His words encourage us to think about our role in society and how we can help make the world a better place. In honor of Dr. King’s legacy, we observe this day as an occasion to recommit ourselves to the fight for social justice and equality for all.


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