Continuing The Dream By Committing To Community

Republican National Committee Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2016:

All of us look forward to the day when our union is more perfect. But as we seek higher ground, let us also be mindful of Dr. King’s plea for all of us to build the common ground necessary to bring his vision, his hope, and our earnest expectation to reality.

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Just a few days before Americans around the country commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I had the opportunity to join Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on a visit to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The world wept when this historic house of worship was attacked during a racially motivated mass shooting on June 17, 2015.

Chairman Priebus and I were blessed to reflect and offer prayers for the families of those impacted by the horrible tragedy.

While I’m saddened by the senseless things we as human beings sometimes do to each other, I’m encouraged by days like this, when our country pauses to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy through service and with acts of love - not violence - we are reminded of the lessons he taught, and his vision of a country where all of us are empowered to pursue the promise of the American dream.  The lessons of his life continue to echo, and inspire us to reach for greater heights – as individuals and as a country. 

"Whatever happens to one of us directly happens to all of us indirectly,"  Dr. King said.  He went on to remind us that no one of us "can ever be what we ought to be until all of us are who we ought to be."    

Nationwide efforts to grow the Republican Party through engagement open conversations aligned with Dr. King’s vision of an America where we are ultimately judged by our sincere commitment to build community, and embrace a philosophy that brings people together and doesn’t tear them apart.

It is Dr. King that reminds us of the responsibility we have as this generation’s leaders to help facilitate an American culture that is vibrant and strong because we are diverse and inclusive.

At the Republican National Committee, we recognize there are opportunities to do even more to strengthening our commitment to engagement in every community.

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All of us look forward to the day when our union is more perfect. But as we seek higher ground, let us also be mindful of Dr. King’s plea for all of us to build the common ground necessary to bring his vision, his hope, and our earnest expectation to reality.

We at the Republican National Committee are recruiting the largest and most diverse field operation in the history of our party through the Republican Leadership Initiative (RLI). We have trained over 1000 RLI fellows and we aren't stopping there. Our goal is to invite more than 2000 organizers this spring, who will be invested in all African-American, Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander, veterans, and faith communities.

At the RNC we’ve listened to you. We’ve learned from you. And now it’s time to lead.

If you’re committed to community, we invite you to join us by visiting LeadRight2016.com and committing to action. 

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