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Democratic National Committee Releases Statements in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine and DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile issued the following statements. The DNC, including its Organizing for America project, Democratic state parties, and indeed Americans everywhere are engaging in activities across the country to honor Dr. King's legacy through community service.

Chairman Tim Kaine said:

Today we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who championed civil rights and was a 'drum major' for justice; who stated that 'nonviolence is the only path to freedom' and lived that philosophy; who showed us that the way to a better future is to bring people, without regard to their skin color, into the mainstream of American life as quickly as possible; and who forged a path toward a country where people are judged on the content of their character. In the years since his death, we have traveled a long way down that path.  Racism and bigotry are no longer tolerated in this country as they once were, and the doors of opportunity stand open to children of every background. But we remain an imperfect nation.  We must continue to strive to better ourselves and our country by upholding timeless values that Dr. King exemplified: truth, courage, compassion, and justice.  In so doing, we can not only honor Dr. King's life, we can ensure his legacy lives on.

Vice Chair Donna Brazile said:

This Martin Luther King Day, I hope Americans across the country will join together in celebration of Dr. King's legacy. This holiday should not be one simply of quiet remembrance but of active service to those in our community who need it most, those who Dr. King would have regarded with compassion and treated with charity. In doing so, we can best honor the life and legacy of Dr. King and all those who stood with him.