April 4, 2018
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Issues Statement on 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination
SACRAMENTO—Fifty years after that terrible day in Memphis when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, his words and themes of justice, equality, and opportunity still ring loud and clear, while his efforts to fight for social change through non-violent means continue to inspire the world.
His legacy is especially relevant now, when political divisions are running deep, our nation seems divided, and there is a resurgence in social activism.
I encourage students and educators at all California public schools to learn more about Dr. King and the movements he led, to recognize his proud legacy on civil rights and race relations, and follow his outstanding example. One place to look for more information is the History Social Science Framework in Chapter 16: Grade Eleven – United States History and Geography: Continuity and Change in Modern United States History
Dr. King helped our nation make tremendous progress toward creating a more just society, but we still have a very long way to go. All of us can play a role in turning Dr. King’s dream into reality.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100