Dr. King’s Legacy Continues to Inspire

January 11, 2011

One of America’s greatest leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be honored on Monday, Jan. 17. Dr. King’s life exemplifies American courage and his fight for equality and social justice continues to inspire us today.

Dr. King was one of the most powerful forces behind the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, energizing and compelling a new era of tolerance in America. His commitment to equality and his disdain for injustice broke ground for a new era in our democracy. And his efforts have had a lasting effect on our great nation.

As the years progress, so does the realization of many of Dr. King’s ideals – but there is still much to be done to end the discrimination, prejudice, ignorance, fear, hatred and violence that limit the personal, economic, social and civil liberties and freedoms all New Yorkers deserve.

We in the Legislature need to continue Dr. King’s dream and remain committed to eradicating discrimination on all levels and fighting against injustice. To do that, we must ensure fair wages in the job market; keep the opportunity to go to college within reach for all New Yorkers; ensure that families and seniors have quality, affordable health care and housing; support marriage equality; and help put an end to intolerance and violence in our communities.

I will work hard in the Assembly to see Dr. King’s dreams more fully realized and to guarantee that New York is a national model of fairness and equality for all of its residents.