Alexander Statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted on January 16, 2009

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement to commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday on Monday, January 19: “In August 1963, I was a law student and a summer intern in the Department of Justice, standing at the back of a huge crowd on a hot day when Dr. King spoke of his dream that one day his children would not be judged ‘by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.’ The inauguration of Barack Obama the day after Dr. King’s birthday symbolizes both remarkable progress on America’s most intractable problem – race – and a reaffirmation of America’s most unique characteristic – a fervent belief that anything is possible for any one of us.”