Statement by Archbishop Iakovos on the Sixteenth Anniversary of the Assasination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The 15th of January dawned with a brilliance that illumined the hearts of all freedom loving people with promise and hope. A child born in the midst of racial hatred was destined to become a giant of a man in his spirit, bringing together, in the name of the Prince of Peace, peacemakers who sought to defend the inalienable rights of all citizens, regardless of race, color or creed. The mere remembrance of that day fills the souls of all with the hope that equality, justice and freedom will indeed reign supreme if we pursue the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with vigilance, and with the conviction that it is through this fulfillment that we continue to serve, here and everywhere.