DES MOINES — Iowa Democratic Party Vice Chair June Owens released the following statement as she reflected on Dr. King’s lifelong pursuit of justice:

“Today, we remember that although we have come so far in our pursuit of a more equal and just nation, Dr. King’s example must inspire our continued progress. I’ve been reflecting as we head into this historic week how Dr. King would be so proud to see Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris – a Howard graduate – and Senator-Elect Raphael Warnock – a Morehouse graduate and pastor from Dr. King’s own Church – make history and usher in a new era of peace and justice.

“As Democrats, we carry on Dr. King’s memory in our fight for a more equitable criminal justice system, fairer wages, accessible health care, and the promise of the American dream fulfilled for all of us. Remember that today is a day on, not a day off. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us to navigate through the challenges of COVID-19 and heal the cracks it has laid bare in our society.

“On this holiday, Iowa Democrats are partnering with the Food Bank of Iowa to help our fellow Iowans put food on the table. I urge Iowans across our state to reflect on how to combat the injustices they see in their lives, and how they can best carry Dr. King’s legacy forward. In two days, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will begin to lead our nation on the path to civil justice, equality, and progress for future generations.”