January 15, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   

“Through nonviolent protest and unparalleled moral leadership, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sought justice and equality for all Americans. As a champion of the civil rights movement, Dr. King demonstrated extraordinary leadership, from his immortal words at the March on Washington, where he delivered his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, to his enduring advocacy for voting rights and equal representation. Dr. King changed the course of American history by helping to end racial segregation and establish equality under the law for people of color.

“As we honor Dr. King’s commitment to fairness, justice, and equality of opportunity, and commemorate the tremendous impact his work continues to have on our society and in communities around the world, it is important to realize that much work remains in our efforts to ensure equity and justice for all.

“In an era of Trump, it is more critical than ever that we stand united to resist racism, injustice, and inequality that continue to be fueled by hate filled and vile comments and policies that fail to uphold our American values and the principles for which Dr. King dedicated his life. As we commemorate Dr. King’s life and his legacy, we pause today to honor his dream through our work to ensure all citizens are afforded a life of opportunity and equality today and for future generations.”

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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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