Ericksen: Martin Luther King holiday offers chance to reflect on progress, opportunity

OLYMPIA – The life and legacy of Martin Luther King gives the nation a high standard to live up to, said Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, as the Washington Senate paid tribute the slain civil rights leader Monday.

The Senate honored King with a resolution on the federal Martin Luther King Day holiday, praising King’s “courageous leadership and legacy of hope.” It observes that King believed “a person’s worth should be measured not by his color, culture or class, but rather by his or her commitment to making life better for all through service rendered to each other.”

Ericksen said, “Martin Luther King’s dream of a nation where our children will not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character is a vital message for all of us today. This is a day for us to recognize the great strides America has made in ensuring that all of us are equal before the law and our institutions. Let us continue to strive for equality of opportunity for every individual, so each of us can achieve to the best of our ability.”