January 18, 2016
Leaders of the Georgia Republican Party issued the following statements today to honor the life and legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“On this important and timely holiday, we celebrate the life of a dynamic leader who inspired a nation and changed our country for the better,” said Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett. “From humble beginnings, Dr. King rose to prominence. With conviction, he preached equality for all people. With courage, Dr. King battled institutionalized discrimination and helped America fulfill her promise of liberty and justice for all. We are better people today because of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his unwillingness to accept the status quo.”
“With love, humility, and passion, Dr. King worked to loosen the chains of oppression and hate, and create a country where men and women would be judged not on the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” said Leo Smith, Engagement Director for the Georgia Republican Party. “Today and every day, we must carry ourselves with dignity, working hard to ensure freedom, opportunity, and hope for all Americans. Let us always live in a manner that honors the life, love, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
“Thanks to Dr. King’s service and sacrifice, we live in a country where anyone can achieve anything,” said GAGOP First Vice-Chairman Michael McNeely. “While much has changed over the years, our work is far from over. We must do our part to keep Dr. King’s dream of hope and opportunity alive for generations to come.”
“My sons know that who they are and what they are allowed to do is in part credited to Dr. King’s work,” said Cobb Republican Anesha Sanders. “The reason they can call classmates of different races their best friends without being harmed is because of Dr. King’s leadership so many years ago. As a mother, I try to teach them history without passing down old wounds. It is important for them to know where our liberties come from and why we possess the freedom we do.”
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a servant for justice through the power of love for mankind,” said Gwinnett Republican Annette Davis Jackson. “His mission of non-violence challenges us to facilitate a greater walk of sensitivity for life.”
In light of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, GAGOP Officers and Staff will attend various ceremonies, parades, and religious services throughout the state. For more information, please contact GAGOP Engagement Director Leo Smith.