"Our national celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is a tribute to the enormous impact he had on the promotion of civil rights in America. His legacy continues to inspire us today.
"We remember his personal struggle - his home was bombed, he was stabbed, he was assaulted while registering to vote, he was arrested and jailed and finally assassinated 32 years ago.
"We remember his words - ‘I refuse to accept the view that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.'
"We remember how far we've come. We remember how far we have to go.
"As Lincoln grows in population and diversity, we must all re-commit ourselves to the principles for which Dr. King and other civil rights leaders fought - freedom, justice, human dignity and equal opportunity.
"I encourage the people of Lincoln to attend the events honoring Dr. King's legacy, including the community discussion on tolerance my office and the Gallup Organization are sponsoring Saturday afternoon. It is especially important that we help our children understand the important role he played and the role we all play in promoting the ideals our country cherishes."
The community discussion on tolerance is set for 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 2000 at the Education Center at Gallup's corporate headquarters, 301 S. 68th Street. The public is invited to attend this free event, and there is no need to pre-register.