Conservative Leaders Remember the Rev. MLK Jr.
It isn’t hard to find injustice around us, but we must not let injustice smear the good deeds that do occur everyday. I am optimistic, but peace will only come when those of us who have enjoyed the American Dream become more aware of those who are missing out on the Dream. #TheTalk#MLKDay
There are few men in the history of this Nation who have shaped our national character more than the man we commemorate today.
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the course of history for America, demanding that we put an end to the culture of bigotry against our fellow citizens.
He bravely laid out a challenge that forced our Nation to look deep into its soul and ask: will we continue to tolerate segregation and second-class citizenry for millions of our brothers and sisters? Or, will we usher in a new civil rights era to finally honor the dignity of each person and make the American Dream achievable for all?
Carrying a message of hope and love, he appealed to our conscience and asked each of us to have “the courage to face the uncertainties of the future.”
He said that courage, “will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way, and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.”
Today, we again need to draw upon that reservoir of courage to defeat bigotry and expand opportunity for everyone. The challenge to fight for justice and secure the blessings of liberty for every man, woman, and child in America continues.
Today, school choice is the civil rights battle of the 21st century, and we need to work tirelessly to ensure that every child has access to an excellent education, regardless of race, ethnicity, or zip code.
Dr. King inspires our journey. He fought to unlock the gates of liberty for all and, together, we must work every day to ensure they remain forever open.
As we reflect on the life and the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we pause to recognize the progress that we have made as a nation and his steadfast leadership in that march toward a ‘more perfect union.’ We know that the path to this progress has been long and was bought with sacrifice, persistence, discipline and the conviction that we are better together.
Because of Dr. King’s leadership and the leadership of many others, our country has seen powerful things happen since the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Brave men and women, like Dr. King, believed that the future of this country, the future of freedom and justice, was worth the sacrifice. He showed the world that nonviolent resistance and its underlying message of love and understanding are both powerful strategies for social change. Dr. King continues to be a powerful inspiration.
I hope that the important message of freedom, justice and equality that Dr. King spent his life fighting for continues to spread throughout our country and around our world.
Please join Gov. Rick Perry today in honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., who inspires us to view one another by our thoughts, words and deeds – the content of our character.
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