DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today issued the following statement on the Inauguration of President Obama and in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
“History rightfully looks upon the works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as fundamental to understanding the American experience. We honor him in Denver with one of the largest celebrations of his life anywhere in the country, recognizing that he was a man simply and humbly standing up to injustice and bringing infinite hope to the American people.
“As we mark the life and achievements of one of our greatest civil rights leaders, it is appropriate that we also inaugurate the nation’s first African-American President Barack Obama for a second term. I sat with men and women at the President’s first inauguration who never dared to imagine that a person of color would one day lead the greatest nation on Earth. And yet, in 1963, Dr. King dared to dream. His struggles, and the struggles of all who fought for and continue to fight for equality, laid the groundwork that made this day a reality for everyone in our great country, the United States of America.”