Congressman Charles B. Rangel, the 13th Congressional District of New York that includes Upper Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, released the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on January 18, 2016:
“On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, our nation honors the life of a remarkable man who dramatically changed our nation and the world for the better in the pursuit of justice, equality and freedom for all. Though his life was tragically cut short, his legacy continues to inspire us in our ongoing march towards a building a land where people would be judged by the content of their character, rather than their background.
Until his death in 1968, Dr. King led the Civil Rights Movement and helped spur passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. In 1965, I proudly marched from Selma to Montgomery with Dr. King and John Lewis, who would later become my friend and colleague in the House of Representatives. I witnessed Dr. King’s faith, leadership and courage firsthand, which has been a constant source of strength and motivation through my 45 years serving in Congress.
As we honor the memory of Dr. King, who once said, ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice’, let us keep working towards a world without prejudice and poverty. We must strive to improve income inequality, reduce gun violence, and increase access to education and healthcare if we are to achieve the dream poignantly laid out by Dr. King at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I will not stop working to make that dream a reality with President Obama in our final year in office. However, it will be up to all of us and those who come after to build upon our progress towards a better future.”