Even now, a half century after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s contribution to developing a more equal society, one where all Americans have the opportunity to succeed remains unmatched.
Each year, the Legislature honors his birthday with a Concurrent Resolution. I am proud to be a co-author of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 139 to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in 2018.
We also must make every effort to keep the progress we have made in place and move forward, not backward as we face uncertainty with the results of the recent election.
Today, I encourage you to give back to the community in Dr. King's honor. You can perform community service or stand up for an ideal you believe in, while working to make the world a better place. Fight to improve the lives of others, this is the legacy I believe Dr. King would want in his memory.
In his words, "Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
As we remember the past, we must endeavor to use those lessons to inform the present and shape the future. I trust that you will do something meaningful to commemorate his legacy. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
Here is what I will be doing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
"Intelligence Plus Character”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
1000 S Owens Street, Bakersfield, CA 93307
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Clean Up, 10:00 a.m.
Graffiti and Park Clean-up
David Head Center
10300 San Diego Street, Lamont, CA 93241
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight March, 5:30 p.m.
Begins: Wilson Park
Corner of Wilson Road and Hughes Lane
Ends: Rising Star Baptist Church
3421 Wilson Road, Bakersfield, CA 93309