Congressman Lowenthal Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidential Inauguration
On Monday, January 21, the nation will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the public inauguration of President Barack Obama to his second term in office. Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) issued the following statement regarding the two events:
"Dr. King was an inspirational leader," Congressman Alan Lowenthal said. "He embodied what it means to stand up and do the right thing, and to be courageous in the face of intolerance, injustice and inequality. He was one of the main reasons I became involved in the civil rights struggle and he had a tremendous and direct influence on my life as a community activist."
Congressman Lowenthal also drew a very straight line between the efforts of Dr. King and President Barack Obama's inauguration.
"If you step back and think about it, the inauguration is the continuation of a movement," Congressman Lowenthal said. "It highlights the fact that because of the efforts led by Dr. King and so many others, and because of that fight and championing of that struggle, we can celebrate the re-election of President Obama only weeks after the swearing in of the most diverse Congress in our nation's history." Congressman Lowenthal will be attending President Obama's second inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Monday.