ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)--More than 60 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his "I have a dream speech" calling for racial equality. 

Today his words continue to inspire people and policy makers.

I think MLK is a continued leader in many ways,” said Sen. Lea Webb (D-52nd Senate District).

Other lawmakers said they are inspired by everyday New Yorkers who they see embracing Dr. King's messages. 

“I see Martin Luther King in our everyday people. I’ve been doing a lot of work in the criminal justice space and to see the people who have been incarcerated and come out and fight for their community and fight for change, like those are the kind of people that really embody the spirit of Martin Luther King,” said Assembly Member Jessica González-Rojas (D-Assembly District 34).

SOME LAWMAKERS SAid DR. KING’S RELENTLESS FIGHT FOR EQUAL RIGHTS FOR BLACK AMERICANS HELPED AMERICA REACH A TURNING POINT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DISCRIMINATION.

“Martin Luther King epitomized the spirit of the people who were no longer going to put up with inhuman conditions,” said Sen. James Sanders (D-10th Senate District).

SEN. SANDERS SAID THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IS NOT OVER.  

Until justice rolls down like a mighty river as he would say, there’s more to be done. And we who believe in freedom can’t sleep. We have to make sure the dreams and goals of America are equal to everyone,” HE SAID. 

oTHER LAWMAKERS AGREE. 

“When you think about all the big things that are happening in our climate, one of the big things that’s often missing is centering on the need for human dignity and respect,” said Sen. Webb.