This is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day when we remember the man and his dream.
Observed each year on the third Monday in January, It is one of very few federal holidays honoring an individual.
Dr. King was at the forefront of the civil rights movement in America. His courage, dedication and wisdom guided the movement through difficult days and violent nights.
His dream was of an America where people were judged on merit, not by race. An America where all citizens enjoy equal opportunity and equal rights.
His dream was to make the American Dream a reality for all Americans.
Even after he was assassinated that day in Memphis in 1968, the dream lived on in the hearts and souls of those who followed him and it continues in those not even born when he died.
We have come a long way as a nation. But there is still much more to do to make that dream a reality for all Americans.
And that's why it is important this day and all year long to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his life, his legacy and his message.
So on this day we should all take time to remember that freedom in America something that belongs to all of us, no matter what race, color or creed. And we should commit to doing all we can to make sure that's true.