Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on the Observation of Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day

Jan 18, 2016
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day in honor of the civil rights leader’s birthday on January 15, 1929:

“Many Americans across the country are honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and his contributions to our nation. As we take time to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy, let us remember to follow his example of being understanding and compassionate toward one another.

“Dr. King fought for equality and justice for African Americans, women, working-class families and others marginalized by society. We must continue his fight and draw from his strength to ensure equal access to fair wages, stable employment and quality education. It will take the same commitment Dr. King demonstrated to make this a reality for all those still locked out of such opportunities. 

“I believe Dr. King’s legacy remains the benchmark we should strive to meet to make America all it should and can be. If we work together and see the humanity in all of us, his dream will be realized in our lifetime.”