Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement on Martin Luther King Day:
“In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King led his historic march on Washington, D.C. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial- our nation’s tribute to the Great Emancipator- he spoke of his dream for equality, justice, and fairness for all Americans. At that time, long before I represented Nevada in Congress, I worked as a Capitol police officer to pay for my law school education at George Washington University. Along with hundreds of thousands of individuals in attendance that day, I was there. It is a memory that I will forever cherish.
“Dr. King’s actions galvanized our nation. He taught us that we can achieve great things through perseverance, peace, and love. Now, so many years later, we celebrate his dream of equality and we commemorate his legacy of pursuing justice, no matter the cost. Our nation learned an important lesson from Dr. King’s example. As Americans, it is incumbent upon us to speak out for those that cannot always speak out for themselves. We must lend a voice to the voiceless and we must always work to ensure that everyone has a fair and equal opportunity to succeed.
“Dr. King’s words ring true today. ‘As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back,’ he said that day on the Mall. In that spirit, as a nation, we must strive to be better. We must seek justice and truth, no matter how hard the journey. As we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, I hope all Nevadans and Americans reflect on his legacy and come together, as one nation, to march ahead towards a brighter future that we can all share together.”