Mayoral statement – Martin Luther King Day

Mayor's Office, News

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

As we remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this national holiday today, it’s important to honor the ideals this man stood for and how they still resonate in our society today. He embodied peace, equality, speaking the truth, standing up for what he and so many others believed in and – as his powerful quote above states – doing all of that in the face of challenge and controversy.

We can all stand up for what we believe in when it’s easy and safe. What about the times when it’s not easy? Dr. King showed us time and time again that strength, faith, resilience and standing up for what we know is right for ourselves, each other and our society are best demonstrated when times are tough.

Today, we honor Dr. King as a wise and dedicated leader who worked tirelessly to spread peaceful messages of hope, faith and unity throughout our nation, often in the face of daunting opposition in our country. His inspiring words and courageous actions still ring true today on what would have been his 89th birthday and nearly 50 years after his untimely death.

Mayor Shannon Kohl