Congressman Adriano Espaillat Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 4, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY13) released the following statement to mark the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a tremendous impact on American history and our culture,” said Rep. Espaillat (NY-13). “Five decades after Dr. King's assassination, his message still rings true. His is a message of inclusion, equality, and equity for all. Today we pause fifty years after his dream, to reflect on the civil rights movement, leadership in the face of adversity, perseverance in the face of great challenges, and efforts that will continue until we, as a nation, will to reach the mountain top.

“Dr. King played a pivotal role in ending racial segregation and changing the dialogue of race relations in America. His message and his legacy remind us of how far we've come, our accomplishments as a nation, and the work that remains. The tragic event that took Dr. King’s life, did not stop his dream. Because of Dr. King’s work, we are a stronger, more resilient and more unified society – and because of his dream, we will continue our efforts to ensure and secure unity and equality for all.”

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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