January 21, 2019
By Sean Reyes
Utah Attorney General
Today we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most impactful leaders in our nation’s history. Beyond his role as an advocate for civil rights and a champion for the persecuted, Dr. King’s influence holds a very personal place in my own family history. For it was his wife, Coretta Scott King, who assisted my immigrant father establish himself in this country and avoid political persecution in his native land.
Dr. King stood for the truths that many Americans hold so dear – that every man, woman, and child are endowed with certain unalienable rights and freedoms regardless of skin color or place of birth.
He once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
In these days of turbulence in our nation and the world, it is our hope that we at the Utah Attorney General’s Office follow in the spirit of Dr. King, fighting on behalf of the people in the great state of Utah to ensure that those freedoms are not diminished.