January 20, 2014

Manchin Statement on Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today on celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

“In the 30 years since the creation of a national holiday honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the celebration of his inspiring life and lasting spirit has evolved into a day of national service – ‘a day on, not a day off,’ as some like to say. Dr. King was taught at an early age that ‘life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’ And through his inspirational speeches and just as inspirational actions, Dr. King personified the idea that community action could help solve even the most daunting of social problems, from racial segregation to economic injustice.

“Dr. King made our country stronger and better, so as we celebrate his life and spirit, let’s dedicate today to ‘a day on, not a day off’ – sharing our blessings with others. I encourage all West Virginians to help a neighbor, dedicate an hour to community service or contribute in some way to your local community.”