STATEMENT: Mayor Garcetti on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017

“Martin Luther King Jr. Day brings Americans together to celebrate a great man and the power of his message: the idea that equality is for every woman and man, that only love can drive away hate, that we can resist and defeat injustice with moral clarity, faith, and nonviolence. Dr. King preached in Los Angeles just weeks before the first march from Selma to Montgomery — and on that day at Temple Israel of Hollywood, he spoke of how the movement often looked to ‘friends of goodwill’ for the courage and inspiration to face down the forces of racial discrimination. My wish for Angelenos and people everywhere is that we will be those friends of goodwill in our time, so that the blessings of Dr. King’s legacy can be multiplied today and every day of the year.”