WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

“Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. showed how much good a single life could do in a short period.  Indeed, time itself was one of the many barriers he and his followers confronted.  Dr. King said that time, if not seized upon as a fleeting gift, becomes ‘an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation.’  He taught that overcoming such inertia and comfort requires ‘the persistent work of dedicated individuals who are willing to be co-workers with God.’  So it is appropriate that on the day we celebrate Dr. King, we gather from all walks at our Capitol, which welcomes visitors with the words ‘In God We Trust.’  No American proclaimed this truth more boldly, and lived it more deeply, than Martin Luther King Jr.  Because he tapped into the capacity of love and the dignity of the human spirit, the path of opportunity and tranquility is wider, and we have the chance to widen it even further.  Let us all take a moment today to bow our heads and pray for the courage to heed Dr. King’s teachings and make the most of this moment God has given us.”