Keeping Dr. King's Legacy Alive
Since his tragic and untimely death, we have worked as society to keep alive the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the memories of other heroes who sacrificed everything they had to advance the cause of civil rights.
Dr. King was our country’s preeminent advocate for economic and social justice. We educate our kids about the importance of the movement he helped build, and we commemorate important anniversaries of major events from the Civil Rights era.
However, as we enter 2017, it is clear that we have more work to do. This week we will celebrate a holiday in Dr. King’s honor, and we will swear in a president who has lashed out at one of Dr. King’s most important living followers, Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. With each passing year, there are fewer original heroes of the movement left and, as my colleague Senator Kelvin Atkinson recently stated, "they should be cherished and honored, not subject to racially-charged insinuations and attacks."
Unfortunately, our new president sets a bad example in this regard. In light of that fact, it will be more important than ever for the rest of us to do our part to keep these critical discussions going about the Civil Rights movement and the people who lead it.
It’s up to average citizens to speak up and let the world know that his shameful behavior doesn’t represent our America. Today, the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus commemorates Dr. King and rededicates itself to to doing just that.
Aaron D. Ford
Majority Leader, NV State Senate District 11