Developing a memorial in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is fitting and long overdue.

Dr. King, acknowledged as a peacemaker throughout the world for his promotion of nonviolence and equal treatment for all races, sparked the modern day civil rights movement. The movement and its legacy made it possible for millions of African Americans to enjoy rights and privileges not previously available. Because of Dr. King's courage and tenacity, America is a better place.

The 43-members of the Congressional Black Caucus salute those who have made a national memorial for Dr. King a reality.