Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman released statements commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is today, Jan. 21. The governor issued an official proclamation, as well.
“Decades after Dr. King’s fearlessness in the face of injustice and racial inequality, his message of non-violence and optimism continue to resonate deeply throughout our communities and across this nation,” said Mr. Malloy. “Particularly at this time, as we struggle with the questions around building a stronger, safer, more just society, leadership at all levels of government can reflect on Dr. King’s legacy. We are dedicated to ensuring access to the ballot box, economic justice, and educational opportunity for all citizens, and our work will continue to reflect this commitment.”
Both Mr. Malloy and Ms. Wyman are at the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. today.
“I will be thinking of Dr. King on Monday when I will have the privilege of witnessing President Obama take his second oath of office,”said Lt. Gov. Wyman. “I strongly believe that if not for Dr. King’s work, I would not have seen an African-American President elected in my lifetime. I also think Dr. King’s convictions about empowering people and strengthening our communities are particularly relevant to us in government today. These difficult economic times have put incredible stress on so many people and families, and it is more important than ever that government helps provide a roadmap to prosperity for everyone.”
Mr. Malloy’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day proclamation notes that Connecticut first observed the holiday in 1986. “Dr. King was a man with an unwavering devotion to the concepts of nonviolence, liberty, justice, and equality. He challenged valiantly the social injustices of racial segregation and discrimination,” it states.
“More than 40 years after his death, Dr. King’s vision continues to provide a powerful symbol of a life based on what he called ‘a new revolution of values based on love, compassion, and justice,'” Mr. Malloy said in the proclamation.
In proclaiming Monday, Jan. 21, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Connecticut, Mr. Malloy concludes with, “Let his words ring again and again — for everyone on earth.”