Today Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday holiday.
"Today we celebrate the life and legacy of a great man - the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It's only fitting this day comes as we Inaugurate the first African American President to another term in office.
"Dr. King and many foot soldiers like him made it possible for an African American to hold the highest office in our nation. Regardless of your political affiliations -- I think we can all agree that today marks a moment where it's clear America has moved mightily toward the promised land Dr. King preached so eloquently about.
"In this spirit, we must renew ourselves to work each and every day to fulfill that vision. It begins by making a commitment to remedy many of the social ills that continue to lock far too many Americans out of the American Dream.
"As I look on today and watch President Obama take his oath of office, I'll be thinking of how we can all work together to further the vision Dr. King gave his life for."