Download production quality video of Sen. Brown’s reading here.

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) led a bipartisan commemorative reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail in the United States Senate chamber.

Brown was joined for the letter reading by U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Alex Padilla (D-CA), and Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-GA).

Dr. King and the Civil Rights leaders of his generation did more than just about anyone to push this country to live up to our founding ideals, and make the dream of America real for everyone. Protesting, working for change, organizing, demanding our country do better – those are some of the most patriotic things all of us can do. Progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It rolls in because we make it so,” said Sen. Brown. 

Brown participated in the bipartisan reading last year when it was led by former Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), who asked Brown to continue this tradition.

Individual clip of Sen. Brown’s reading available here.

You can view the complete reading of the letter here.

The passage from Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, from which Sen. Brown read can be found here.