Remembering the Powerful Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
On Monday, we honored and celebrated the incredible legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While this week would mark 52 years since his passing, his message of unity rings just as bright as when he first stood up to the societal injustices against African Americans.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was more than a civil rights activist; he was a man who stood for people of all walks of life. Rev. King legacy is that courage, integrity, and fighting for what's right. Rev. King's words not only sparked a revolution but also transcended his time, giving future generations a road map of how to improve society for everyone. His "I have a dream speech" is one of the greatest speeches given and shows who he truly was. I hope everybody enjoyed the day off from work.
Update on Senate Bill 1304
In last week's legislative update, I wrote about Senate Bill 1304, as it passed through the Tennessee State Senate, and this week the Governor has indicated that he plans on signing it into law. Last year, the House Companion Bill was voted on and passed through the House with 67 Ayes, 22 Noes, and 3 Present and not Voting.
That day I joined my follow Democratic colleagues in voting against HB 0836. While my traditional religious background gave me pause before reaching my ultimate decision to vote against the bill, the red flags are unmistakable. The law would discriminate against same-sex couples, who are four times more likely to adopt, at the cost of the children, and will be subject to countless legal battles. What should determine adoption is the ability to provide a quality life full of unconditional love and support for a child.
I want to congratulate two of Chattanooga's rising stars, Chelsea Owten and Makayla Martin, for being selected to represent MTSU as legislative interns.
I also want to congratulate the Chattanooga Unity Group and the impeccable leadership of Sherman Mathews and Eric Atkins for their role in putting together the 50th anniversary of the Dr. MLK Jr. celebration in Chattanooga. The event brought together people from all walks of life and is an indicator of the success of their program. We can move forward as a people and as a nation if we continue to follow God.