Nearly sixty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” address at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, widely regarded as one of the most influential speeches of all time. While there has undoubtedly been much progress made in civil rights and race relations since that iconic moment, I think that Dr. King would be shocked at some of the battles that continue to this day, in the name of equal rights for all.

From voting rights to Black Lives Matter, it is troubling that so many of the priorities laid out in his address continue to plague us. This is especially true here, in the “heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania,” as Dr. King said, where Republicans have spent more than a year trying to disenfranchise millions of voters because they didn’t like the results of an election.

It is now up to us to continue to work to fulfill his dream that we “rise up and live out the true meaning of our nation’s creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Whether we are volunteering in our community, marching on our state capitol, writing letters to policy makers, or running for office ourselves, every single one of us has the ability to make a difference, to help move us forward, to ensure that no one has to be worried about their vote counting or whether a traffic stop will turn deadly.

As we have seen all too frequently, progress is never easy. Despite Democratic control of Congress and the White House, there are some who continue to block, delay, and make excuses. But as Dr. King said, “this is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off, or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.”

So today, let us remember the contributions that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made to our nation; let us honor the progress that has been achieved through his great sacrifice and the sacrifices of countless others; and let us not sit idly by or be content while others continue to struggle. With our hard work we will, one day, realize Dr. King’s vision and “be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”

— CCDC Chairwoman Charlotte Valyo

“Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part.”

-- Sen. John Lewis

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