When we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, it is about more than recognizing a birthday. It is about celebrating the legacy of the man who was chief spokesman for the Civil Rights Movement, and a proponent of nonviolent activism. It is about recognizing the work done to promote justice and about the work left still to be done.
This holiday, I had the honor to welcome a group of young people who I believe would have made Dr. King very proud. Instead of just taking a day off from school, these student-activists took time to get involved. They were taking action and making their voices heard in our state legislature by promoting sensible gun safety regulation.
Hearing from them and seeing the passion and commitment in their faces is proof to me that Dr. King and his vision have reached yet another generation. I am reminded to have faith and to work harder every day for the future of our young people, our state, and our city.