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S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N
THE CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTH OF THE
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Introduced By: Senator Harold M. Metts
Date Introduced: January 18, 2011
WHEREAS, On January 15,
1929, a child was born in
day lead a nonviolent revolution that would forever change the social and political landscape of
WHEREAS, The mirror that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. held before the
national conscience revealed the ugliness of racism and hatred
that had divided
day it was born. Neither the carnage of civil war, nor even the thorough self-examination that Dr.
King forced upon the nation, has entirely eradicated the injustices which still plague this nation.
However, where would the social conscience of
teachings of this great man?; and
WHEREAS, There can be no doubt that Dr. King burned with the fire of revolution.
Where others called for blood and violence to purify the nation, he preached nonviolence. His
ironclad will knew that the justness of his cause would one
Have a Dream" speech before the Lincoln Memorial, he challenged the country to live up to its
WHEREAS, For Dr. King, violence was a firestorm which must eventually consume the
arsonist. Although the victim of violence throughout his public career, he never gave in to the
darkness cloaking this great evil. Dr. King believed that violence did not change hearts. He
believed that racial equality and social justice were more likely to come about through appeals to
the public's collective conscience and by the examples being set by those advocating social
justice and non-violence; now, therefore be it
That this Senate of the State of
hereby commemorates the birthday of the great Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We honor
not only the man and his accomplishments, but the continuing process of social enlightenment he
founded which lives with us still, ever pressing us to move beyond what we are and what we
think we can be. A prophet of hope, Dr. King left a legacy which will live forever; and be it
RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to all general office holders, members of the