Lincoln, Pryor and Berry on Martin Luther King

Lincoln Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

Will Participate in Little Rock Marade With Family

Little Rock – U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln and her family will join fellow Arkansans to take part in the 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., marade in downtown Little Rock on Monday, January 18, at 9 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Arkansas NAACP.

Lincoln released the following statement in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day:
“As citizens across Arkansas and the United States prepare to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I want to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude for his universal message of compassion for which he fought so hard and sacrificed so much. Dr. King urged each and every one of us to dedicate ourselves to serving our communities – to upholding human and civil rights for all people. In the words of Dr. King, ‘Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.’

“This holiday is an important opportunity for us to renew our commitment to helping our friends, families, and neighbors in need. While working together for the common good, we can learn to recognize our similarities and appreciate the diversities that enrich our lives every day and serve as a wellspring of strength for our nation as a whole. By doing so, we can honor the legacy of Dr. King’s courage, commitment, and vision of a brighter future.”

Statement by Senator Mark Pryor On Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to celebrate the life of one of America’s great leaders, a man who helped our country live up to its most fundamental promises of democracy, equality, and opportunity for all. It is a time to renew our commitment to the values of racial equality, social justice, and nonviolence that Dr. King championed, and remind ourselves that the powers of courage and compassion can and do triumph over discrimination and hate.

This day is not just a day of words – it is a day of action. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service was established to continue the spirit of social action to which Dr. King devoted his life. On this day, thousands of Americans will volunteer their time and energy to combat problems such as hunger, homelessness, and violence. I want to commend these citizens who give their time to the service of others; they are the true legacy of Dr. King.

We have made many strides towards social equality in the last 40 years, but there is no doubt that Dr. King’s dream has yet to be fully realized. Together we will continue the fight to bridge barriers, strengthen our communities, empower individuals, and overcome the great challenges of our time.

Representative Marion Berry Statement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, United States Representative Marion Berry (AR-01) released this statement commemorating the birthday of civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Today, I am proud to join with all Americans as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He called on Americans to fulfill our nation’s promise of Democracy while inspiring our nation’s most profound movements by uniting people from all walks of life. On this day we remember and honor his struggles, his accomplishments and his life,” said Berry.

“Dr. King faced resistance, encountered threats and ultimately gave his life for the civil rights cause. By challenging our nation to live up to the ideals bestowed to us by the founding fathers, Dr. King instilled a new generation with hope that the American dream is available to all, and not limited by the color of your skin.

“While we have made significant strides marching towards the Promised Land that Dr. King spoke of, social injustices he fought against still exist. In honor of his birthday, let us all recognize the full depth of Dr. King’s vision and recommit ourselves to establishing equality for all Americans. His legacy remains an inspiration to our nation and we must continue to honor his dream by working to dispel intolerance and social disparities wherever they arise.

“Although a shadow fell on our nation with Dr. King’s untimely departure, his work, his dream and his legacy continue to serve as an example for us all.”