Rep. Payne, Jr. Honors the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 17, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. — In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Rep. Payne, Jr., issued the following statement:

This year we must reclaim Dr. King’s legacy from those who are apt to quote ‘I Have a Dream’ as they seek to silence people of color who are fighting to preserve that dream,” said Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10). “Dr. King understood that non-violence does not mean non-confrontational. He knew that social change requires sacrifice. He knew that doing what is right does not mean doing what is easy.

“Dr. King’s legacy calls on Congress to do what is morally wise, even if it is politically unwise. As we head into a consequential year, when Americans will go to the polls, Congress should not lose sight of the fact that to protect and preserve Dr. King’s legacy demands that we protect and preserve our democracy from voter suppression, cybersecurity weaknesses, and foreign meddling.

“Congress must expand voting rights for all Americans. We must modernize our voting systems. We must appoint an independent commission to investigate foreign meddling in the electoral system before the 2018 federal election. We must restore the right to vote for felons who have served their prison sentences. And we must restore the Voting Rights Act.”