Sweeney Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement today on the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most traumatic and consequential events in U.S. history. Dr. King was an apostle of non-violent change who stirred the conscience of a nation. His death was a tragic loss but the purpose of his life gave lasting meaning to our shared ideals as Americans.

“Dr. King fought for civil rights, defended civil liberties, sought expanded voting rights, called for affordable health care, advocated for living wages and union representation, spoke up for women’s reproductive rights, and marched for a more peaceful and just foreign policy.

“He achieved historic progress in a mission of social and economic justice, but his dream has not been fully realized. His life and legacy should serve as an inspirational reminder that his vision of true equality is not an impossible dream.”