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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Commemorates Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 16, 2017

Congresswoman Beatty Commemorates Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 16, 2017, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the United States’ annual observance recognizing Civil Rights legend Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To commemorate the occasion, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) had the following statement placed into the Congressional Record for posterity:

On Monday, January 16, 2017, our nation will signify the tremendous life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Each year, on the third Monday in January, we remember and celebrate a man who led a non-violent movement that urged our country to become more fair and more just and provide equal opportunity for all.

As our nation honors the life of Dr. King, I call to mind his statement, “Life’s most persistent and urgent questions is: what are you doing for others?”

This year, on what would have been his eighty-eighth birthday, countless people in my home state of Ohio are answering his call to serve by advocating for civil rights and greater access and equal opportunity at the ballot box, inspiring the next generation of community and national leaders, helping the sick, elderly, and poor and many more profound acts of service.

Like Dr. King, they understand the power and impact of service—not just on our community and State, but on our entire country and across the world.  We all need to be more and do more for others and to promote unity and peace.  This is of what Dr. King dreamed.

Because this day isn’t meant to be a “day off,” it is meant to be a “day on”: a day ON of service.

In that spirit, as we celebrate the thirty-first MLK Day of Service, I challenge all Americans to make a difference in their community.

Indeed, that is how we can best honor Dr. King’s legacy and how we make his dream – where we are not judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character – a reality for all people.

Happy Birthday Dr. King.  You should be pleased your legacy endures.