R 023
2015 -- S 0076
Enacted 01/20/2015

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Metts, Pichardo, Ruggerio, Goodwin, and Algiere
Date Introduced: January 20, 2015

     WHEREAS, On January 15, 1929, a child was born in Atlanta, Georgia, who would one
day lead a nonviolent revolution that would forever change the social and political landscape of
America; and
     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 America from the
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 America be today were it not for the courage and
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 day unite America. In his famed "I
Have a Dream" speech before the Lincoln Memorial, he challenged the country to live up to its
ideals; and
     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
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby commemorates the birthday of the great Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We honor
not only the man and his accomplishments, but also 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 further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to all general office holders, members of the
Rhode Island Congressional Delegation, and the Martin Luther King, Jr., State Holiday