Today, Jan. 20, we honor the life and commemorate the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As one of the most influential leaders in American history, Dr. King left an enduring mark on our nation leading the movement for civil rights and racial equality through a philosophy of nonviolence.

Inspired by his faith and the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King used the power of words and the strength of peaceful resistance to achieve more significant progress toward racial equality in America than at any other time in our history. A true visionary, Dr. King embraced unity and love in his pursuit of justice and peace. His courage empowered a generation to raise their voices against racial discrimination, segregation, injustice, and oppression. 

As we reflect back upon Dr. King’s accomplishments in the pursuit of equal rights and social justice, we are reminded of how far we have come as a nation. As our country continues to endure acts of hatred, violence, bigotry and intolerance, we are reminded of the tremendous work that lies ahead.

Today, let us reaffirm our commitment to carry on Dr. King’s legacy by continuing to advance his vision for a compassionate, inclusive society dedicated to eliminating racism and ensuring equality for all. By doing so, we can all do our part to keep the dream alive!

Dean J. Trantalis
Mayor of Fort Lauderdale