Congressman Smith released the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

"As we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., we remember Dr. King's dream to provide every American with equal rights and opportunities.  Although many barriers stood in his way, he spent his life working to achieve this goal and inspired millions more to do so as well.  Dr. King's efforts continue to make our nation better today.  

"We still have a lot of work to do to achieve Dr. King's goal.  Income inequality continues to increase and millions of people still have unequal access to a good education and employment opportunities.  On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we honor his legacy by recognizing that we all must do our part to improve our communities and continue the fight for equality."