Even now, a half century after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s contribution to developing a more equal society, one where all Americans have the opportunity to succeed, remains unmatched.
Each year, the Legislature celebrates his vision and victories. I am proud to be a co-author of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 139 honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We must make every effort to keep the progress we have made and continue to move forward.
Today, I encourage you to give back to the community in Dr. King's honor. You can perform community service or stand up for an ideal you believe in, while working to make the world a better place. Fight to improve the lives of others, this is the legacy I believe Dr. King would want in his memory.
In his words, "Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
As we remember the past, we must endeavor to use those lessons to inform the present and shape the future. I trust that you will do something meaningful to commemorate his legacy. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
Here is what I will be doing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
Saint John’s Catholic Cathedral - 2814 Mariposa (R Street & Mariposa Street).
Marchers will assemble at 9:00 a.m. and march to Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno where the Commemoration Program will be held. (march 9:15 a.m. -10:30 a.m.)
Speaker: Dr. Carole Goldsmith, President of Fresno City College.
Contact: James Lett III (559) 284-6420 & Enrique Reade (559) 940-2159 or Gail Gaston (559) 681-3140