Engel Statement on the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination

Engel Statement on the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination

Washington, D.C.- Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement:

“Fifty years ago today we lost one of the most remarkable figures in our nation’s history.

“On April 4th, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King was in Memphis to lead a march protesting the working conditions and low wages of the city’s sanitation workers, and in his final speech, he spoke of how racial and economic injustice are inextricably linked. His words were prescient then and remain vitally important today.

“It’s important for us to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and rededicate ourselves to the fight against inequality. While the Civil Rights Movement made great strides, our country has not overcome many of the injustices that Dr. King witnessed. In Congress, I remain committed to ending these injustices. I am fighting for true equality for all; for equal pay and fair treatment at work, expanded voting rights, educational equity, criminal justice reform, freedom from gun violence in our schools and on our streets, and health care for all Americans.

“Dr. King argued that only by sticking together in a determined way, can we make America what it ought to be. I am inspired by the young people of today who are following in Dr. King’s footsteps by launching their own movements for equality and justice. Together we can move our country forward and live up to the ideals of equality that Dr. King inspired.”