AUSTIN - Representative Helen Giddings released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Fifty years ago today, the world lost one of its greatest forces for good, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His ideals and principles helped all of humanity make strides toward greater freedom, dignity, and opportunity for all. We must continue pursuing the fulfillment of Dr. King's dream. A dream where his children, and ours, could live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. We often speculate how Dr. King would judge the state of his dream. Although I believe he'd take tremendous pride in the progress we've made, there is no question the work is far from complete. Racism continues to permeate our discourse and we must confront it and defeat it.
Indeed, '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.' Although we lost Dr. King too early, his legacy and impact is everlasting. It is now up to us, to ensure his dream is fully realized."
Representative Helen Giddings proudly serves the cities of House District 109: Dallas, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, and Wilmer.