Congresswoman Hahn Releases Statement In Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 17, 2014

SAN PEDRO, – Today, Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-44) released the following statement in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

“Today we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and honor his dedication to equality for all people. Dr. King challenged us to fight for the principles of this country – freedom, liberty, and justice for all, regardless of the color of their skin. Last fall, we came together as a nation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, when thousands and thousands of Americans rallied for justice and equality, and where Dr. King delivered his iconic speech, I Have a Dream. His message, his commitment to community service, and his willingness to challenge unjust traditions is a model that we should all strive to emulate.

“This day has always held a special place in my heart, as in 1961 my father, County Supervisor Kenny Hahn, was the only elected official to welcome Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Los Angeles despite the potential consequences of his decision. During Dr. King’s visit, my father drove him through the Compton and Watts neighborhoods, while sharing their hopes and dreams for a better America. Dr. King’s steadfast commitment to advancing the equality of all people is just as inspiring and relevant today as it was back then.

“Dr. King once said, ‘Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.’ We must remember that his call to action remains just as important today as it was fifty years ago. We have come a long way since the 1960’s, but there is far more work to be done.

“42 million women and 28 million children in America live in poverty or are living on the brink of it. Two-thirds of minimum wage jobs are held by women, though women make up less than half of the work force. African-American women make 70 cents to every dollar paid to a man and Hispanic women make 55 cents to every dollar. We cannot rest on our laurels, on the accomplishments of the past. We must do better as we continue to fight for fair pay, quality education and equality for every American.”

Contact: Breelyn Pete (202) 225-8220 Breelyn.pete@mail.house.gov

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