A compilation of tributes to Martin Luther King, Jr, Jr. from Florida’s elected officials and politicians:
Senator Marco Rubio:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an important American tradition that honors one man’s struggle for justice and equality for all. On this day, we celebrate an American hero who, through the power of words and peaceful resolve, fought the violent and legal injustices that plagued our nation in the 20th century. His struggle made the country more true to its founding ideals: that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights.
In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. King wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Despite his incarceration, King’s words were emboldened with a hope and conviction that have continued to inspire countless men and women – even decades after his death. His empowering vision of a world built on brotherhood and equality has helped shape this great nation and inspired freedom movements around the world.
Nearly 51 years ago, not far from my office on Capitol Hill, King stood before a crowd and famously delivered a speech that described a world where one’s skin color would be nothing more than a color. He envisioned a world where one would be defined by their character. A world where all men and women could sit down together and be united by the shared essence of humanity, and a world where all children could join hands, never knowing the harsh realities of prejudice and intolerance.
Despite Dr. King’s untimely death, his legacy is immortal. I urge everyone to reflect on the principles of Martin Luther King Jr. and the virtues he peacefully defended, so that we, as a nation, can continue to embody his dream of opportunity and equality for all.
Governor Rick Scott:
“Ann and I join all Floridians in celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today. This important holiday allows us to honor the legacy of one the greatest leaders the world has ever seen. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked tirelessly and passionately to advocate for a nation built on a foundation of equality for everyone. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, and half a century later we are still working towards that dream. I am honored every day to have the opportunity to work to ensure that every Floridian has the chance to get a great education and an opportunity to succeed in the Sunshine State.”
Attorney General Pam Bondi:
“On Monday, we will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s unyielding passion for unity and equality. His leadership paved the way for all people to live free of oppression and discrimination. As we reflect on Dr. King’s accomplishments, I hope that we are inspired by his tremendous contributions.”
Congressional candidate Alex Sink:
“Today our nation remembers and honors the Dream, achievements, and sacrifices of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From a jail cell in Birmingham to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King was unyielding in his advocacy for peace, justice, and equality for all. His indelible legacy serves as an inspiration to all who seek to create a more perfect union. Today, let us reflect on Dr. King’s Dream and renew our efforts to make it a reality.”
State Senator Jeff Brandes:
“Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his many contributions that have shaped the world we live in today.”
Florida Democratic Party:
“With grace, humility, and bottomless compassion, Martin Luther King achieved what few had dared dream possible — a nation where your destiny is truly more your own than anywhere else on earth. Today our nation honors his life and his legacy. Let us remember today all those whose lives have been lifted up by the Revered King’s work, and renew our commitment to fighting injustice everywhere, to forging a better world.”