Today on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Democratic Party of New Mexico commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. King and the enduring vision of the civil rights movement.
“Many of the ugly pages of American history have been obscured and forgotten” Dr. King wrote in 1967, “America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay. If it loses the will to finish or slackens in its determination, history will recall its crimes and the country that would be great will lack the most indispensable element of greatness–justice.” On the event of this dedication, we have not forgotten that that debt is not yet paid, greatness is far from won, justice still eludes us, and the dream of Dr. King not yet reality. Regrettably, determination of the nation to finish the work of the civil rights movement is still very much at risk.
We must never turn back. We agree with Dr. King, and all of the champions of freedom of our history that no American is free until all of us are free. We are proud to stand alongside all of the leaders of the American past, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who sacrificed so much for the civil and human rights of all, and we honor those Americans who continue to work toward that vision that we all should strive to carry on.
We know there remains much work to be done. Today the Democratic Party of New Mexico calls on all of us to recommit ourselves to the great call of America’s history, to achieve the equality and dignity of all, and to win for ourselves and for our children the greatness Dr. King hoped for, the blessings of freedom and the security of justice.
In commemorating the life of Dr. King and the movement he led, we call on all of us to work toward those common values we, as Americans, most cherish. Today we should all rededicate ourselves to that dream, so eloquently inspired by the life of Dr. King and his contemporaries, and promise to continue to work toward that day when every American is afforded the same opportunities and freedoms regardless of skin color, gender, religious belief, income, sexual orientation, ability or disability, or place of birth.