Rich with culture and history, Florida continues to maintain a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all people. But it hasn’t always been this way for everyone. This month, we will celebrate the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth and the impact that his sacrifice made upon our daily lives. His impressive leadership during the Civil Rights Movement and this holiday are reminders of how far we have come and how far we have to go.
Time weakens memories and we can often take for granted the influences of others and all that they have done to make our lives better. In Dr. King’s case, he and other brave Americans stood up and demanded that all people be treated equally. In the face of darkness, his underlying message of hope ran strong through his actions. In his “I Have a Dream” speech, his and our nation’s sense of hope married together with the muscle and will of so many people; white and black came together to make his words a reality. In search for a more perfect union, his life, work and death symbolize how much better we can be as a nation.
Moving forward, I know that Floridians continue to advocate for justice for all people. Unfortunately, racism and prejudice still exist today. The fight for civil rights is an ongoing struggle, and we must do everything in our power to continue turning our American Dream into a fuller and richer reality for all. The people of Florida have the assets and principles necessary for continuing this movement. As a Floridian, I stand by your side as we continue to combat the issues of discrimination together and make things better for all people.
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