Congressman Hank Johnson was in Atlanta this week to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Johnson, whose district spans Atlanta, Conyers and the Norcross and Duluth areas of Gwinnett, attended numerous events Monday, including the service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King served as pastor.
He also attended celebrations at Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, the Rockdale branch of the NAACP, and the DeKalb NAACP parade, where he served as grand marshal.
"Martin Luther King Jr. offered us a message of peace, and inspired us to respect our neighbors not as members of a given race, but as fellow human beings," said Johnson. "His mission was to 'end the long night of racial injustice' his dream a vision of common purpose and common humanity."
Serving in Washington, Johnson said the new MLK national memorial on the National Mall is a fitting tribute.
"Dr. King died fighting for workers' rights," the congressman said. "He taught us how to live and die, to speak up, speak out and find a way to get in the way of injustice."
U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, the Lawrenceville man who represents the remainder of Gwinnett in Congress, also acknowledged King's work on the holiday.
"Born and buried in Atlanta, Dr. King is a son of Georgia, and I join my fellow Georgians and all Americans in remembering Dr. King and celebrating his contributions to the freedoms that we all hold so dear," Woodall said in a statement. "Though taken from us far too soon, his legacy of peace and service is one to which all of mankind aspires."
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