This sacred principle was the cause
for which Dr. King and so many other historic Americans sacrificed in places like Selma, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Memphis.
They were heroes who led our nation forward toward a future that is more just and more free.
Fifty years ago, this spring, Dr. King was cruelly taken from this world by assassin's bullet,
but the promise he fought for could never be taken away.
His words, his deeds, they live on forever.
And the cause for which he gave his life only gained strength and force and power with the passage of time.
Last week, I was so pleased to be joined by Dr. King's niece, Alveda,
as I signed into law the Martin Luther King. Jr. National Historical Park Act.