Resolution J2358-2013

Recognizing HARLEM WEEK 2013, in conjunction with celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

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  • Jun 18, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 18, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 13, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION recognizing HARLEM WEEK 2013's celebration of the
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend the efforts
of  those  who seek to bring recognition to historical places within the
State of New York, and in doing so, help to  ensure  that  the  complete
history  of  our  State  and Nation is preserved and shared with present
generations of citizens; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to recognize
HARLEM WEEK 2013's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the  March  on
Washington; and
  WHEREAS,  HARLEM  WEEK offers over 100 events throughout the months of
July and August, attracting approximately two million attendees from New
York and all over the world; and
  WHEREAS, HARLEM WEEK  will  approximately  run  from  July  28,  2013,
through  August  24,  2013; August 18, 2013, designated as "Harlem Day",
will acknowledge and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on
Washington, a pivotal moment in  American  History  and  for  the  Civil
Rights Movement; and
  WHEREAS,  Known in full, as the March on Washington for Jobs and Free-
dom, the March on Washington took  place  on  August  28,  1963  in  our
nation's capital of Washington D.C.; and
  WHEREAS,  The  March on Washington was one of the largest Civil Rights
peaceful demonstrations of its time, with well over 200,000  individuals
of  all  races  in attendance before the Lincoln Monument and was one of
the first to receive such extensive television coverage; and
  WHEREAS, The March on Washington was brought about through the collab-
oration and coalition of six major Civil Rights Organizations including:
the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) led by James Farmer; the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) led by Dr.  Martin  Luther  King,
Jr.;  the  Student  Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) led by John
Lewis; the  Brotherhood  of  Sleeping  Car  Porters  led  by  A.  Philip
Randolph; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP) led by Roy Wilkins; and the National Urban League led by Whitney
Young, Jr.; and
  WHEREAS, The March on Washington was the birthplace of several histor-
ical  and famous speeches, specifically Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I
have a dream" speech which continues to this day to inspire us to  judge
individuals  not  by  the color of the skin, but by the content of their
character; and
  WHEREAS, The goals of the March on Washington were to see the  passage
of  effective  Civil  Rights  legislation, an end to racially segregated
schools, a comprehensive public works program to create more  jobs,  the
passage  of  legislation prohibiting racial discrimination in public and
private sector hiring, a minimum wage of $2, and self governance for the
District of Columbia which at the time had a black majority; and
  WHEREAS, The laudable goals of the March  on  Washington  continue  to
challenge  us today, we must always remember the March on Washington and
its goals and continue to march and work towards fully  achieving  them;
and
  WHEREAS,  Without the March on Washington and the Civil Rights Leaders
who led the March and continued to fight for racial equity,  the  excep-
tional  accomplishments  and aspirations celebrated at HARLEM WEEK would
not exist; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity  to
express its highest admiration for the March on Washington and its laud-

able  goals  as  well  as to acknowledge HARLEM WEEK 2013 and all of the
individuals who have worked to bring proper attention  to  a  place  and
time  which  merits  recognition in the grand panorama of the history of
our State and Nation; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
recognize HARLEM WEEK 2013's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of  the
March on Washington.

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