Today, Americans across the country are celebrating the life and achievements of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 15th would have been Dr. King’s 87th birthday. Now 47 years after his death, his message of equality for all resonates as much as it did half a century ago.
Today members of the Alabama delegation took to social media to honor and remember Dr. King. Here’s what they’re saying:
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-01):
Impressive group of young men.
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02):
“We must all learn to live together as brothers — or we will all perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I like this photo of Dr. King taken in 1956 at the end of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The look of quiet accomplishment along with the familiar Montgomery trappings on the bus make it especially interesting (Coliseum Blvd, Highland Garden, Heart of Dixie plate). Last year was the 60th anniversary of the boycott and the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” and the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march. Of course, the impetus for these came from native Alabamians like E.D. Nixon, Fred Gray, John Lewis, Amelia Boynton, Rev. Frederick D. Reese, along with so many others. But it was this young Georgia preacher who gave a special voice to the Civil Rights Movement that could not be ignored by leaders in our state, our nation and around the world.
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07):
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., proved that the hearts of many could be changed by the voice of one. Eloquently declaring that, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend,” Dr. King laid the framework for the essential bridge toward equality. His dream of a collective nation, dedicated to peace and harmony, is the cornerstone of his teachings. We should arm ourselves with the love and compassion Dr. King carried daily.
As a daughter of Selma, Alabama, I am proud to represent a district historically rooted in the fight for civil and voting rights. We cannot forget the many sacrifices that have been made to advance the cause of equality, and we must do our part to carry the torch that has been passed down to us. Dr. King’s timeless vison should continue to guide us as we push forward. We cannot become complacent, but should remain steadfast in our push to secure fair voting rights across the nation. On this Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, let us recommit ourselves to the principles of equality and justice for which Dr. King died.