COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – Gov. Henry McMaster reflected on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, admiring him for the courage he showed during the civil rights movement, while acknowledging there is “still work to be done” for racial equality.
“Today we are reminded of the bold and transformative life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King lead a courageous fight to make sure everyone had an equal seat at the table and while we have made tremendous strides, there is still work to be done,” McMaster tweeted.
McMaster continued, “As we start a new year, let the words and wisdom of Dr. King guide us so that we can all work together towards the betterment of South Carolina. As he said best, ‘“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”'
King was gunned down as he stood outside his balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. on April 4, 1968.
President Ronald Reagan signed a bill in 1983 marking the third Monday of January each year Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The first nationwide observance of the holiday took place in 1986.