This month our nation will once again reflect upon our journey of ensuring Universal Inalienable rights, as we honor the 90th birthday of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With each pass of the holiday season, our nation continues to inch closer to the fulfillment of its creed, to stand by the values which we ahold too, creating a society where the warmth of liberties light can be felt by all.
Since our founding as a nation, we have sought out to protect not only the freedom and liberty of each citizen, but the dignity and ability to set one’s own destiny, free from the obstructions of intolerance and hate. We know that this journey has been filled with growing pains, as we try to gain a clearer understanding of the principals which identity us as a nation and people. The victims throughout our history has been our fellow citizens; from the chains of slavery to the genocide inflicted upon our native people, while the words we hold sacred were clearly imprinted; “That all men are created equal”, our understanding of its application continues to grow.
This January we continue to come closer to the America that Dr. King “Dreamed” of. The America which would celebrate, stand by and protect all of its citizens. The America which would honor men and women, Catholics, Jews and Muslims, Straights and Gays, and the mosaic of languages and customs which continue to make this the greatest nation on Earth. We know our work towards equality is not over. We know the pain that we will continue to experience as we move closer towards living the words we enshrine will not dissipate anytime soon.
We are aware that as of January 2019; women have still not reached full equality. That in over 20 states gays and lesbians could be terminated from employment, denied benefits or lose their housing. That African Americans continue to experience high rates of poverty and violence within their communities. That American Muslims continue to be profiled and that immigrants continue to battle the injustice of being treated as second class citizens.
We know that in 2019 we are not innocent of the foul stench of intolerance and injustice, yet we refuse as a people, as a nation, to give up hope. For the words we strive to live by, are worth fighting and dying for. They identify more than the hope of the American people, they identify the hope of humanity. We know in 2019 we are closer to reaching our destination than on that hot July day in 1776 when we declared to the world the arduous journey we would be embarking on.
Our Hilltop City continues to be a reflection of the promise of America as we continue to live the “Dream” Dr. King guided us towards. Our great city represents the America we strive for, a community of men and women, Catholics, Protestants, Atheists, straights and gays. A community which continues to honor its “Proud Past” and “Bright Future” and realizes the foundation to the success is rooted in its rich cultural diversity and heritage. A community that understands that Somersworth greatest asset is the diversity of its people.
This January the Hilltop City will honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and its month long celebration of Diversity and Equality Month
Throughout January and the year 2019, let the words and struggles of the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, reminder us of how far we have come as a nation, as we continue united in brotherly arms, the journey towards equality.
In honor of MLK Day and Diversity and Equality month in Somersworth, through the end of January a painting of MLK will be on display in City Hall.
For Somersworth we are “On the Move!” and our “Future is Now!”
We are a community! We are achieving progress and greatness! WE ARE SOMERSWORTH!
Mayor Dana S. Hilliard