Today Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement honoring the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death.

“50 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was taken from us too soon. His assassination sparked outrage, distress and mourning across the country. Some of us felt like we had lost hope, that with Dr. King’s death his message and movement had died too. However, many of us chose to pick up his fight for civil rights to ensure that this nation lives up to its promise of liberty and justice for all.

“Dr. King worked to further equality for everyone, no matter their race, gender, creed or class. While we have made progress toward his mission, there is still much work to be done. There are far too many Americans who still don’t make a living wage. They do not have access to basic health care or equal educational opportunities. They cannot vote without obstruction and are fearful to walk down the street.

“Although there are many obstacles yet to overcome, I see hope in our future. I believe Dr. King’s dream can and will be achieved. During this sobering anniversary, I urge us as a nation to remember Dr. King by rededicating ourselves to continuing his fight towards equality and justice for all Americans.”