Senator Murkowski Shares Thoughts on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Murkowski: Dr. King’s Message is Still Needed to Enable Healing

Senator Lisa Murkowski shared her thoughts on what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 86thbirthday:


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“As we salute the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week, it is important to reflect upon the importance of his teachings.

“He poignantly stated: ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’ That is a message that I know Alaskans take to heart, creating vibrant and important statewide conversations.

“Our country has made much progress over the years, and for that we are thankful. But from Ferguson to New York City, we see that America still has healing and work to be done to increase understanding and empathy and embody our founding father’s aspirational statement that “all men are created equal.” Dr. King’s message of building bridges and promoting tolerance and equality is still very much needed. Compromise can work, tolerance can be the norm, and good can prevail—but not without our country investing itself in the effort.

“What would have been Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 86th birthday is the perfect opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come, and recognize how far we still have to go to reach the kind, strong, and equal society that he envisioned.  But rather than a ‘day off’ in his honor, I urge Alaskans to make this a ‘day on’ and give back to improve your community in some small way. All of us working together can truly make a difference.”