Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today released the following statement on the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination:
“Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out against injustice at a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. His legacy continues to have a profound impact on our country. America is a work in progress, and we still have a long way to go. But during the 40 years since Dr. King’s death, I have watched my home state of Tennessee – and our country as a whole – make great strides toward Dr. King’s vision of a nation where all men and women are judged not ‘by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.’ I was inspired by Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in 1963 as a young Justice Department employee. As governor of Tennessee in the 1980s, I helped make Martin Luther King Day a state holiday. Today I join all Americans in honoring his contribution to our country.”
King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.