Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo courtesy of Heritage)
Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo courtesy of Heritage)

BY SEN. BRIAN SCHATZ – Today we honor the work of Martin Luther King who dedicated himself to the American principle that we are all created equal.  He was a steadfast guardian of the freedoms that make us a stronger people and a greater country.

Today we also inaugurate President Obama, a celebration in itself, of the importance of all women and men being given the opportunity to achieve their potential.  This day is doubly a reminder of what is possible if we work to achieve the dream of Martin Luther King.

In Hawai`i and throughout our remarkable nation, let us rededicate ourselves to the values of tolerance, respectfulness and mutual appreciation.  This is a bright torch of a democratic society and we all share in carrying it forward.

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