Cardin Reflects on the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.)issued the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is commemorated on Monday, January 15, 2018:
“Dr. King once said, ‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.’ These words reflect the wisdom and tenacity of a man who shaped a political and social moment so profound that our nation was forever changed, and his name is now synonymous with the tolerance he preached.
“Dr. King was a remarkable figure, perhaps most of all because he was an ordinary man who made extraordinary choices. In the face of evil and systemic bigotry, he chose to embody the tenets of love. In the face of improbable odds, he chose to resist. As a result, his legacy of tolerance, respect and equality is forever cemented in the very foundation of this country, and we are all the better for it.
“Despite the unique challenges our country faces today, I am optimistic about our future, because Dr. King, as only he could, put it best: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’ That is the other half of Dr. King’s legacy — Hope. Pure, unfettered, undeterred hope. So let us all always dare to hope, for ourselves and for our country, as Dr. King did.
“Dr. King lives on with every peacefully marching protester and every word spoken in opposition to inequality and injustice. He lives on in the growing diversity of our college campuses and the all-too-slow, but steady, representation of people of color in our government. He lives on in all the ordinary men and women of this country who, every day, make their own extraordinary choices, like meeting hate with love, and the darkness of our troubled times with the light of their own hope.
“In the last sermon he gave in Tennessee, reflecting on all that our country can be, Dr. King said he could see the Promised Land upon that great mountain top. As we come together to celebrate his life and legacy, let us pledge to follow Dr. King’s footsteps up that mountain. Let us pledge to carry on his dream until we meet him there. Let us use Martin Luther King, Jr. Day not as a day of rest, but a day of action, of volunteerism and of civic engagement, when we recommit ourselves to fighting inequality and injustice, wherever we may find them.”