Today, Floridians will once again observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, honoring the man who advanced and steered a civil-rights movement that pushed America toward equality and justice for all.
King and his followers stood in strong opposition to racial discrimination, as well as the wrongful and unequal treatment of people of diverse national origins and religious beliefs.
While no stranger to racial inequities, Florida has made incredible strides toward ending racial discrimination since the civil-rights movement began. But prejudice and inequality still exist and can lead to discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations.
The Florida Commission on Human Relations was established to address these very examples to help eliminate discrimination and to ensure the fair treatment of all persons, regardless of race or national origin.
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Each year, the commission administers the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame program, which honors Floridians who advanced civil rights in our state. In keeping with King’s legacy, these heroes are recognized for making significant contributions as leaders for equality and justice.
As we reflect upon King and the day on which we celebrate his memory, let it be a time for all Floridians to echo his bravery, but also the bravery of all those who stood up for equality in the face of injustice. Their courage promoted the advance of tolerance evident in today’s society, and it is our job as Floridians, and Americans, to help maintain the civil rights of all people.
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