Pelosi Statement on the Observation of Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released the following statement on Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day, which is observed annually as a national day of service on the third Monday of January, in honor of the civil rights leader’s birthday on January 15, 1929:

“The Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. dedicated his life to ensuring that all Americans may live the American Dream.  Dr. King led battles to defeat rampant injustice against African Americans, workers, and people living in poverty around the world.  As a fourth generation Baptist preacher, Dr. King was compelled by his faith to confront and combat the evil of inaction in the face of injustice.

“This weekend, Americans honor Dr. King’s life by serving their communities and taking action to defeat discrimination and bigotry.  Together, we can help fulfill the promise of America for all people, regardless of their race or religion, income or immigration status.  In Congress, we must strive to honor Dr. King by ensuring that the victories he helped win – for equal rights, for voting rights, for workers’ rights – remain for the next generation of Americans.

“More than fifty years after his leadership helped bring about the Voting Rights Act, we remember Dr. King’s assertion that ‘we must continue the struggle through legislation.’  That’s why House Democrats will continue the fight to restore key portions of the Voting Rights law and advocate for equality of opportunity and justice for all.”