Alexander Statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Nearly 48 years ago, I found a spot at the back of the crowd gathered on the Washington Mall and listened to Dr. King proclaim that even the most righteous of fights must be waged in peace: ‘We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline,’ he said. ‘We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.’ Today we honor his nonviolent struggle to end racial prejudice, and we continue to strive to be a nation that recognizes all citizens—regardless of race— as equals who deserve the same opportunities to achieve the American dream.”