Dr. King’s Vision for Unity

Apr 04, 2018 | COMMUNICATIONS •

Today, we remember the tragic evening 50 years ago when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. He delivered his final speech to a crowd in Memphis the day before. He spoke of his dream for a better world, where all men and women no matter their race or walk of life live free, overcome injustice, and are treated as God’s children.

“We are determined to be people. We are saying that we are God’s children. And if we are God’s children, we don’t have to live like we are forced to live. Now what does all this mean in this great period of history? It means that we’ve got to stay together. We’ve got to stay together and maintain unity.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 3, 1968.

On a Civil Rights pilgrimage with faith and community leaders, I found inspiration in Dr. King’s words  in the very spot where he gave them at the Mason Temple. There were threats against his life at the time but he assured everyone that he wasn’t afraid. He found hope in the dignity of others and had complete trust in God.

After, as we walked his final steps at the Lorraine Motel, I was reminded that we are still on a journey in search of a more perfect union. To travel far, we cannot be on this journey alone. We must stay together, open our hearts to our neighbor, and trust that we all want the best for each other. That’s unity, and it’s how “We the People” can honor Dr. King’s legacy today and every day.  

House Republican Conference Chair