Dear Editor,

Monday, January 19th, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and while we honor this significant American’s life and the importance he played in our country’s history, we must never forget his legacy and the sacrifice he made toward promoting racial equality and economic justice. 


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great leader who steered our country towards equality for all. He led peaceful protests such as boycotts, restaurant sit-ins, and he organized the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Ultimately his activism helped lead to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act put an end to racial segregation in America, and it was a vital step towards ensuring everyone having equal access under the law to the very bedrocks of society we take for granted today. 


While many people enjoy the day off from school or work, I ask them to take some time on this important holiday to make America even better. Whether it is a small gesture like checking in on a neighbor in the cold weather or spending some time volunteering at a local center, we can all strive to improve the lives of our residents and work together towards the betterment of our state and country.


In observance of this important holiday, I plan to attend and visit with community leaders at the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation’s Breakfast and continue my advocacy for policies that better our community here at home and in Springfield in the year ahead.




Kate Cloonen

State Representative – 79th District