01 Mar 1997 Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-MI) Offers Praise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Stuart Pigler
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“I rise today in recognition of a great man who did much to change our nation for the better. Before he was struck down by an assassin’s bullet, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. awakened the conscience of a nation. His campaign of nonviolent protest brought to light the injustices of a racially segregated society and played a major role in fostering the legislation necessary to do away with many forms of official discrimination.
“Our nation remains far from perfect, particularly in regard to relations between the races. But America is more just and honest because of the efforts of this man of God. And, in confronting the problems now before us we still can look to Dr. King for guidance.
“I am proud to say that many people in my State of Michigan are carrying on Dr. King’s work even as we speak. They know that the time is ripe for doing right. In Detroit’s Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, for example, students are participating in the DECA Program. These students have dedicated themselves to helping their community. They have adopted a local senior center to see to it that the resident senior citizens have the comfort and community provided by regular visitors. They have participated in walks for the homeless, put together a silent auction with proceeds going to the homeless, and given up a recent Sunday to assist with the Special Gift Holiday Party for Homeless Children held just before Christmas.
“I commend participants in the DECA Program at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Detroit. I strongly believe that the kinds of positive local community action in which they are engaged do credit to the memory and legacy of Reverend King and that their efforts can be part of a larger effort to rebuild our inner cities. Now that we have celebrated the life of Dr. King in our homes, let us celebrate his life by building on his legacy in our communities.”
Senator Abraham’s thoughtful and sincere comments stand in contrast to the embarrassing silence of Senate Democrats regarding Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Furthermore, Sen. Abraham has been a tireless advocate for community empowerment ideas designed to unleash the economic potential of urban neighborhoods across America.