In honor of Black History Month Governor Mike Beebe delved into the 1964 Civil Rights Act, passed 50 years ago, in his weekly radio address. The governor cited the words of Robert F. Kennedy but also suggested the latent power of regular folk, especially the young, to be of critical importance in movements for equality.
“While formal change continues through legal and legislative action, our younger generations are also more connected than ever before through technology and social media. While these platforms sometimes expose continued examples of prejudice and hate, they also show how our country keeps moving closer to becoming the nation we set out to be,” said Beebe.
The governor noted while progress has been made full equality and justice remain elusive. Quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beebe said while much has been accomplished more work needs to be done.
“'Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.' During this Black History Month 50 years after the landmark Civil Rights Act, let us remember again that we can join power and love to better ourselves and our nation,” said Beebe.
Read or listen to the governor's full remarks here.