Arkansas leaders observe Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement in honor of Dr. King:

I’m proud to be able to say that today, for the first time, Arkansas is celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his own day. Join me as we reflect on the courage of a man who marched for equality; the vision of a man who, in the face of hat and hostility, saw what could be; and the legacy of a man who brought a nation together.

Senator Tom Cotton also released the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

With great eloquence and even greater courage, Martin Luther King Jr. challenged our country to live up to our founding principles and recognize our fundamental equality before God. And so today we rededicate ourselves to continuing the work of Dr. King’s life: of opening ‘the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children,’ regardless of race, color, or creed. It is a huge undertaking, one centuries in the making, but we take inspiration from the life of this one extraordinary man who did so much to make America truly the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Senator John Boozman also released the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

“We must realize the time is always right to do right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King’s life, words & actions inspired a nation to do what is right. He implored us see the dignity & value of all men. He had a dream. We honor his legacy by remembering, but also by doing.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued this comment in observance of the MLK holiday:

On this day, we celebrate the life of Dr. King. Let’s all take time to reflect on his accomplishments and commitment to ensuring freedom and justice for all across this country. The King holiday is not only a day of remembrance, but also a day of service as people across Arkansas and the country honor his memory by feeding the hungry, mentoring at-risk youth and finding other ways to serve their local communities.