Resolution J1266-2013

Remembering the 45th Anniversary of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death

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  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 12, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION remembering the 45th Anniversary of Reverend Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death, April 4, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to remember  the  45th
Anniversary  of  Reverend  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death, April 4,
2013; and
  WHEREAS, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was an African-American
clergyman, humanitarian, activist, author, orator and  prominent  leader
in the African-American Civil Rights Movement; and
  WHEREAS, He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil and
human rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent
methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi; and
  WHEREAS,  Martin  Luther  King,  Jr.  was born on January 15, 1929, in
Atlanta, Georgia, the middle child of the Reverend Martin  Luther  King,
Sr. and Alberta Williams King; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr. King attended Booker T. Washington High School, where he
skipped both the ninth and the  twelfth  grades  and  entered  Morehouse
College at the age of 15; and
  WHEREAS,  In 1948, he graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor
of Arts degree in sociology, and graduated with a Bachelor  of  Divinity
degree  in 1951 from Crozer Theological Seminary; he then began doctoral
studies in systematic theology at Boston  University  and  received  his
Doctor of Philosophy on June 5, 1955; and
  WHEREAS, In 1955, Dr. King led the Montgomery Bus Boycott movement and
in  1963  led  the March on Washington, where he delivered his "I Have a
Dream" speech; there, he charged America to expand its values to include
the vision of a color blind society; and
  WHEREAS, In 1964, Dr. King became the youngest person to  receive  the
Nobel  Peace  Prize  for  his  work to end racial segregation and racial
discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means; he
also began refocusing his efforts on ending  poverty  and  stopping  the
Vietnam War; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. King was involved in planning the summer 1968 Poor People
Campaign  to  take  place in Washington, D.C.; he had vowed to remain in
Washington, D.C. until the government addressed the increasing needs  of
the poor people of the United States; and
  WHEREAS,  On  March  29, 1968, Dr. King went to Memphis, Tennessee, in
support of the black sanitation public works employees, who had been  on
strike  since  March  12th for higher wages and better treatment; in one
incident, black street repairmen received pay for two  hours  when  they
were sent home because of bad weather, but white employees were paid for
the full day; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr.  King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine
Motel in Memphis, Tennessee; and
  WHEREAS, Upon the occasion of the remembrance of the 45th  Anniversary
of  the  death of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is the intent
of this Legislative Body to commemorate the heroic efforts of Dr.  King,
who  loved  and  served  humanity,  and  who  was an advocate for peace,
justice and righteousness; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
remember  the 45th Anniversary of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
death, April 4, 2013.

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