President Obama's Video Message for the 2013 Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service

Uploaded by whitehouse on 18.01.2013

The President: On the third Monday of every year,
we pay tribute to the life and legacy of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
And even though I can't be with you today in
person, I want you to know that I'm with you in spirit as you
continue this great tradition.
Dr. King was, above all, a champion for justice,
and he inspired a generation with his example.
In the pulpit at this church, in his letters from an Alabama
prison cell, and as the voice leading the historic March on
Washington, Dr. King's commitment to making this
country everything he knew it could be never wavered.
He answered the call to love and serve humanity.
And that's why today stands as a national day of service in
his memory.
Remembering what Dr. King taught us is especially important now
as we work to restore the middle class in this country and
provide a strong foundation for every American working
to get there.
As Dr. King reminded us many years ago,
life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you
doing for others.
Today we are all called upon to answer that question and to ask
ourselves what more we can do to meet our obligations as
citizens, how can we step up and participate in our communities
and strengthen our country in the process.
So thank you for your commitment to service today and every day.
God bless you, and God bless the memory of Dr. King.