Florida leaders honor memory of Martin Luther King Jr.
Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in 2018 still comes with controversy.

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The civil rights leader would have turned 90 this year.

As the nation spends its Monday honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., many lawmakers here in Florida are doing the same. King, assassinated in 1968, would have turned 90 this year.

Here’s how Florida’s leaders are choosing to memorialize King’s work on social media and elsewhere:

Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a statement.

“Today we recognize a great leader in our nation’s history. Martin Luther King Jr. showed how to boldly pursue justice with passion and civility. As a former judge, I believe justice is a defining principle of our great country. Fairness in our judicial system enables us to trust our government and without it, we certainly would fail. As your Attorney General, I promise I will always seek fairness and justice for all Floridians. These are values Dr. King ultimately gave his life for. His dream directs all public servants to continue perfecting this experiment we call the United States of America — and I am continuously inspired by the life he led.”


Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released a statement as well:

“Never a time a recent history has it been more important to pause and reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. At a time when our nation is so divided that Congress was forced to pass a resolution condemning white supremacy, when hundreds of thousands of federal workers have gone weeks without pay, and when our nation’s leaders want to build walls instead of bridges — we are reminded that work MLK Jr. started is far from over. Today we celebrate his legacy of fighting for justice and equality, and reflect on how we can continue his fight.”

Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez tweeted a quote of the civil rights legend and martyr.


Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried also tweeted.

This is from former gubernatorial candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott chimed in with this.

Here’s U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy.

U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala:

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart:

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch:

State Sen. Rob Bradley:

State Sen. Linda Stewart:

State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto:

State Sen. Annette Taddeo:

State Sen. Janet Cruz:

State Rep. Cindy Polo:

State Rep. Vance Aloupis:

State Rep. Chris Sprowls:

State Rep. Anthony Rodriguez:

House District 97 candidate and Coral Springs Commissioner Dan Daley:

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy:

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