Marco Rubio issues passionate statement honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

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With Monday’s approach of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day holiday on Monday, the nation pays tribute to the legacy of the slain civil rights activist, one who many hold in their hearts as American hero whose legacy of peaceful steadfastness lives to this day.

On Sunday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio issued a passionate statement celebrating Dr. King, who “fought the violent and legal injustices that plagued our nation in the 20th century” though words and commitment.

In the brief message, Rubio noted the two American foundations inspiring King and others in the fight for equality: all men are created equal and that their Creator endows them with unalienable rights.

Citing King’s seminal Letter from Birmingham Jail, Rubio declared, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“Nearly 51 years ago,” the Florida Senator continued, “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.”

King’s vision was that of a world where everyone can be” united by the shared essence of humanity,” where children will never see the “harsh realities of prejudice and intolerance.”

“I urge everyone to reflect on the principles of Martin Luther King Jr. and the virtues he peacefully defended,” Rubio’s message concludes, “so that we, as a nation, can continue to embody his dream of opportunity and equality for all.”

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