Udall Statement in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
“Today, we remember this great man, who dedicated his life to justice, and who famously asked, in his words and in his deeds, ‘what are you doing for others?’ It is fitting that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday also observed as a day of service. At a time of great turbulence and fear in American society, Dr. King offered a moral vision of what our nation could be. He didn’t just fight injustice, he sought redemption, and he did so with great compassion and understanding.
“We too live in a turbulent age, and Dr. King’s words still guide us. He said, ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.’ He understood that a powerful idea — an idea whose time has come — can move mountains and can bring us closer to the promised land. Today, because of his courage and resolve, the promise of America continues to move forward. That is his legacy, and also our challenge.
“Martin Luther King Jr., wrote, ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’ It is our responsibility to face injustice and to put our hands on the arc of history and bend it — just as Dr. King did — toward a better world.”
Today, Udall will participate in two events celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He will speak at the Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church’s 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative breakfast in Albuquerque at At , he will speak at the New Mexico Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon in Rio Rancho.