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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020

January 17, 2020
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed on Monday, January 20, 2020:

“On this day set aside to remember the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we must recommit ourselves to the ideals he fought and died for: civil rights, voting rights, workers’ rights, health care, and an end to discrimination. America is better off because of Dr. King’s work, and we must reaffirm ourselves as individuals and as a country to engage in civic life and continue this fight. Now is a time for all of us to stand up and speak out against white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and all forms and hatred and bigotry -- and we are called to take action whenever and wherever we witness it. Today and every day, I honor the nonviolent movement Dr. King fostered to expand opportunity and build a more compassionate and equal nation, and will continue to uphold and champion the rights and dignity of all people.

“Dr. King said: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’ In a time where the president and his administration could do well to heed Dr. King’s lessons, let us continue to do the work to bend the arc towards a more just America.”

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