Mayor Drotzmann Honors MLK Jr.

Release Date: 
01/21/2013

While Dr. King’s legacy extends to many issues facing our country, I think his work on race equality stands most prominently on everyone’s minds.  Specifically, we all remember his quote that, ‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.’

While Dr. King’s words were spoken in a time and context that clearly linked them to issues of African American civil rights in the South almost a half century ago, I think their real genius is how relevant they are even in Hermiston, Oregon in 2013.  His plea that we judge people based on the content of their character applies to all people, in all areas of the country, in every situation.

The City of Hermiston is making great strides in putting that plea into action—specifically with the work of our recently formed Hispanic Advisory Committee.  So, as Mayor, I’m extremely excited to continue this and other local commitments to equality that can trace their roots all the way back to Dr. King.

Sincerely,

Mayor David Drotzmann


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