Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Message from Mayor Kelly A. Yaede
This week, it is perhaps somewhat fitting that the city I traveled to for an annual U.S. Conference of Mayor’s meeting was Washington, D.C– the same city in which Dr. King led a very famous march to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, with a quarter million strong gathered across the National Mall, and imparted upon our nation the most memorable words of his “dream”.
During an unfortunate time in our nation’s history, Dr. King displayed courage in proclaiming that dream to as many of our citizens as he could. The pillars of his dream – equality, peace and justice – were not only the base for the civil rights movement, but were necessary for the foundation of the United States of America that we know today.
If Dr. King did not dare to call out the visible cracks in our nation’s foundation that still existed in his time – the cracks that racial inequality, social injustice and inequity caused – our country would not have begun to repair its past failures and our Union would have crumbled and fallen apart.
Each year, we remember Dr. King and his legacy, knowing full well that while cracks of inequity or injustice may still exist in our society’s foundation, it is our collective hope and prayer that each passing year brings us closer to repairing the remaining imperfections, healing the pains of injustice and inequity and strengthening our society through the vision of his dream.
My sincerest thanks to all who work each day to keep dream of Dr. King alive.
Thank you and God Bless.
Kelly A. Yaede