January 16, 2012

Senator Manchin Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Charleston, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  

“Today is a very special day in our nation’s history. It’s a time to reflect on the life and legacy of a man who fought against injustice and inspired a movement of tolerance and equality for all Americans. Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and celebrate his lasting legacy of hope.

“Dr. King was a man who truly practiced what he preached. His strength of conviction and steadfast determination truly stands as an example of the difference that each of us is capable of making. Through his example, I believe we should all strive to embrace those same principles and work toward the betterment of our communities. 

“The work of Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. not only led a generation to peacefully fight for the end of segregation and discrimination, but inspired many African-American leaders to follow his example of peaceful and passionate leadership. West Virginia has a proud history of great leadership that includes people such as Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who founded Black History Week, Ethel Caffie-Austin, West Virginia’s 'First Lady of Gospel Music' and Henry Louis Gates, a professor at Harvard University and a notable author. I thank these leaders who helped forge a path of tolerance, respect and promise in our state.

“Today I hope all West Virginians will join me in remembering the life and work of Dr. King and will take time to appreciate all of the leaders in our own community who work tirelessly to continue his legacy of community service. I truly believe that together we can continue on this tradition and create a stronger West Virginia and a brighter future for the next generation.”