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Remembering the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin congratulates the recipient of the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Human and Civil Rights Award, Ms. Janice Cooley of Lewisburg during Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities at Capitol in Charleston. Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin congratulates the recipient of the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Human and Civil Rights Award, Ms. Janice Cooley of Lewisburg during Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities at Capitol in Charleston. Photo courtesy of the Governor’s Office
Each January, we unite as communities, as a state and as a nation to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrate his dream of equality for all.Dr. King was among the most influential leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and spent his life sharing his dream for the future of our nation – one that was built on justice. His vision and perseverance demonstrated a faith in the good of people and challenged all Americans to be stewards of change and peace. His words and deeds were at the heart of a revolution that changed the face of America forever.

This afternoon, I joined Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Senate President Bill Cole, House Speaker Tim Armstead, the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission and West Virginians from across the state in a celebratory bell ringing ceremony honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King. As we paid tribute to his life and many accomplishments, we reaffirmed our commitment to sharing his legacy with those across the state.

Today and each day throughout the year, it is my hope we all work to be stewards of change in our lives and within our communities where inequalities and injustices still remain. Together, I’m confident we can and will continue to make a difference in the Mountain State.

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