Mayor Robert H. Conley statement on MLK Day

Madison, NJ - January 18, 2021- Today, we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He’s looking down on us, probably with mixed feelings 53 years after he was taken from our world. He would look with pride to Georgia, with Rev. Raphael Warnock about to take the oath of office as the first African American Senator to represent the state, and Kamala Harris as the first woman of color ready to take the oath of office as Vice President of the United States.

At the same time, Dr. King would be saddened by the systemic racism still present in our society and the innocent black lives unjustly lost due to the use of lethal force driven by racial bias. He would have been horrified to witness the recent attack on our capital, the temple of our democracy and the symbols of hate worn by many of the protestors. Today as we celebrate the life of a man who taught tolerance and peaceful protest, let us pull together to make our community and our country a better place for all.

In the words of Dr. King, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”