(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017:
“Today we again pause to remember the life of a great man – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we always do on this day, we recall his works and the great and historic things they accomplished for so many when it comes to civil rights, public service and what it means to be an American.
“Dr. King once said, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ That idea seems even more important this year than it’s been in recent American history. That’s why it’s crucial that we commit ourselves to service to our communities and to others not just today, but hopefully every day, no matter the difficulties.
“That doesn’t mean we sit quietly, of course. We must hold strong to the ideals of this great nation, the ideals that Dr. King based his life’s great work upon. As move forward, we must also remember another of Dr. King’s teachings: ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.'”