Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
January 21, 2004
108th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 150, No. 2 — Daily Edition
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RECOGNIZING THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY NAACP AND THE CITY OF WEST COVINA FOR COMMEMORATING THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
(Extensions of Remarks - January 21, 2004)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E34] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY NAACP AND THE CITY OF WEST COVINA FOR COMMEMORATING THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ______ HON. HILDA L. SOLIS of california in the house of representatives Wednesday, January 21, 2004 Ms. SOLIS. Mr. Speaker, I stand today to commend the work of the San Gabriel Valley National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the city of West Covina for their 5th annual commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was a visionary leader who believed and dreamed of a color- blind society in America--a place where interracial and intercultural cooperation triumphs over hatred and ignorance. He helped awaken our nation's conscience of the racial injustice directed toward millions of Americans and reaffirmed our most cherished principle--the principle that all men and women are created equal. During the 1960s, a time of great unrest, Dr. King emphasized the importance of using nonviolence to achieve social and political advancement for all people. Dr. King understood that the means of achieving your goal was as important as the goal you were trying to achieve. Although we have made great strides toward achieving greater equality and opportunity for all since his death, we as a nation and as a people are still struggling to fulfill his dream, and we must do more. According to Coretta Scott King, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday is not only a celebration of a man who brought hope and healing to America, but it is, above all, a day of service. In honor of Dr. King, let us remember to help the less fortunate, to fight against injustice, and live up to the principle of our great country. I commend the work of the San Gabriel Valley NAACP and the city of West Covina for organizing the 5th annual celebration to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events like these remind us that Dr. King's fight is our fight, his dream is our dream, and that one day we will ``judge a person by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.'' Let us keep his memory alive through our actions and deeds. ____________________