Resolution K1169-2011

Remembering the 44th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, April 4, 2012



  • Apr 18, 2012: adopted


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  remembering  the 44th Anniversary of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.'s death, April 4, 2012

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to remember  the  44th
Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, April 4, 2012; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr., was an African-American clergy-
man, 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  grade  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 44th  Anniversary
of  the  death  of 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  44th  Anniversary  of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death,
April 4, 2012; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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