Rep. Terri Sewell reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy

Martin Luther King Jr

It has been 55 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr‘s iconic “I have a dream” speech in Washington D.C., but his words live on in the hearts of Americans across the country.

Terri Sewell MLK Memorial tour
Rep. Terri Sewell, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Rep. John Lewis, Britain’s Prince Charles and Rev. Jesse Jackson tour the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington. March 2015.

One of those Americans is Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell — Alabama’s first African American woman in serve in the state’s congressional delegation.

A bold advocate for civil rights herself, Sewell is taking time on Monday to reflect on Dr. King’s life and legacy calling on all American’s to recommit to the vision Dr. King espoused.

“We are the vanguard of change,” Sewell state in an MLK Day statement. “[Dr. King’s] dream lives inside each of us – a dream rooted in respect, human dignity and justice for all. Let us work while it is day.”

Read Sewell’s full statement on Dr. King below:

Each year, we gather to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to pause and reflect on all that he has taught us throughout his short, yet impactful life. Dr. King dedicated his life to dismantling discrimination, empowering communities, and ensuring that this country lives up to its creed of equality for all.

It is not enough, however, to simply honor Dr. King’s legacy. Each of us must look within ourselves and ask ‘How are we paying it forward?’ As the direct beneficiaries of the sacrifices of Dr. King and so many other heroes and heroines, named and unnamed, we owe a debt that we can never repay. Yet, we can ensure that we recommit ourselves to the vision Dr. King espoused and continue the hard work necessary to carry forth his ideals.

We are the vanguard of change. The dream lives inside each of us – a dream rooted in respect, human dignity and justice for all. Let us work while it is day.


  1. Terri Sewell you have slandered The Dream of Dr. King with your soft endorsement of Trump via your support of Sessions for AG. Your district is looking to see what else you have in store for us. We are sorely disappointed in your political decisions.

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