Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Congresswoman Terri Sewell Releases Statement Remembering the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 16, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) released the following statement on Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day, reflecting on his life and legacy:

“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.”