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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

“Today we reflect on and celebrate the life and legacy of a great American who made our country stronger, better, and more just. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived and ultimately gave his life advancing a vision of America where all citizens are truly equal, regardless of the color of their skin or their station in life. As leader of the 20th century civil rights movement, Dr. King helped plant the seeds for many other movements that encompassed the ideals of equality, justice, and opportunity for all.

“The work of Dr. King and many other civil rights pioneers has yielded tremendous progress, but the work is not done. The economic struggles facing far too many Americans proves that this work must continue. Too many families are having trouble making ends meet, too many parents worry if their children will experience a better quality of life and the dreams of too many of our nation's young people are being deferred. That’s why President Obama is so committed to rebuilding our economy for the long term, he's working to make sure that every American has access to economic opportunity now and for generations to come.

"Toward the end of his life, Dr. King recognized that the next frontier of the civil rights movement required bearing witness to the scourge of poverty. He had a vision for a 'Poor People's Campaign' bringing together a coalition unified in the belief that the moral measure of any society is found in how we treat the least among us. It is our charge today, as we honor Dr. King, to take up this call and renew our fight for equality and justice for all Americans, and to make sure that the American Dream is available to everyone who seeks and works toward it.”