FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sue Walitsky 202-224-4524
CARDIN STATEMENT HONORING REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is commemorated on:
“The birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., became a national holiday more than 25 years ago so that our nation – and future generations – would understand and appreciate the legacy of Dr. King’s many accomplishments.
“On this day, we celebrate the birthday of a true national hero and trailblazer. Much has changed in the 85 years since Martin Luther King Jr. was born; this country has made great strides thanks to Dr. King and the millions of Americans who were inspired by his message. However, inequality and injustice still exist in many forms. Thankfully, then and now, there are good people willing to stand up against hate and bigotry.
“Though today  is a national holiday, it is hardly a day of rest. Dr. King once said, ‘Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.’
“For Marylanders and all Americans, this is a day to recommit ourselves to the ‘tireless exertions and passionate concern’ so that we may make his Dream a reality.”