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By U.S. Congressman Gary Peters
Monday, January 16, 2011

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we pay tribute to the life, the legacy and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we mark this occasion, I hope we can all recommit ourselves to carrying on his mission of peace, justice and unity across all of our communities.

Dr. King believed in bringing people together. He knew that there is much more that unites us than divides us and we have a moral obligation to continue down that path of unity.

Today in the Greater Detroit area, we face real challenges - Too many Michiganders are out of work, too many families struggle to put food on the table, and many that do have a job cannot rely on our substandard public transit to get to work.

In challenging times, we look for leaders, leaders like Dr. King that can speak from not only their hearts, but also their minds. Leaders that can take us forward to conquer the challenges that we face.

These challenges require us as individuals, as communities and as a nation to believe and follow in that unity that Dr. King preached and lived his life by.

Together we can overcome these challenges - I know that by working together, there will always be brighter days ahead for all of us.