Today former Governor Ted Strickland issued the following statement in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Last night Strickland joined community members in Columbus at the Triedstone Baptist Church and today he will participate in the 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Program at the MLK Public Library Branch in Cleveland.
“As we honor the life, works and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we must also renew our commitment to the cause he fought for: true equality and freedom for every American. We’ve made great progress in our country, but the struggle to make this idea a reality is far from over. The true promise of America is that every individual — regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation — can pursue opportunity, find happiness and live life to their fullest potential. Ohioans say no to discrimination. We say no to intolerance. But we say yes to inclusion. And on this day, let us recommit ourselves to building a state and a country that truly reflects Dr. King’s vision for a just, fair and inclusive America.”