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  (Mr. DELGADO asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute.)
  Mr. DELGADO. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor one of my heroes, 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born on this day, 91 years ago.
  Next Monday, the Nation will pay tribute to this incredible man and 
his life, as well as his enduring legacy, a legacy rooted in 
unconditional love.
  In these difficult and divided times plagued by the rise of hate, I 
can't think of a better legacy to reflect upon as we embark upon this 
  The road ahead will be difficult for our Nation, but I am encouraged 
by and find great hope in the following words once spoke by Dr. King: 
``We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the 
altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the 
ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of 
nations and individuals that pursued the self-defeating path of hate. . 
. . `Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of 
life and good against the damming choice of death and evil. Therefore, 
the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to 
have the last word.' ''