Congressman Tim Scott today released the following statement on the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:
"Today we remember a great man and leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He dedicated his life to ensuring fair treatment for all Americans and showed us that one man's convictions are strong enough to change the fabric of an entire nation.
Dr. King knew that communication and negotiation were essential to progress and sought to end 'the tragic effort to live in monologue rather than dialogue.' He strongly believed in the tenets of the Constitution while he wrestled with the concept of 'just versus unjust laws.'
Martin Luther King recognized that the 'appalling silence of good people' could be every bit as harmful as the 'hateful words and actions of bad people.' Through his struggles, he was sustained by love and faith -- the source of his continued optimism.
As we note the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, we can rejoice in the progress we have achieved as a nation -- a place where a person should be judged by the 'content of their character' rather than the 'color of their skin.' At the same time, we must be mindful of those who have failed to recognize the most basic of civil rights.
Today is a day to celebrate our common heritage and our shared struggles. Working together, as Americans, we will see the dreams of Dr. King fulfilled."