R 013
2018 -- H 7127
Enacted 01/11/2018

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Maldonado, Shekarchi, Hull, Abney, and Diaz
Date Introduced: January 11, 2018

     WHEREAS, In the altruistic words of the esteemed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Life's
most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" He devoted his life to the
advancement of civil rights and service to one's community, and he helped to move us closer to
the ideals on which America was founded, a nation of freedom and justice for all; and
     WHEREAS, Born on January 15, 1929, Dr. King grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, attending
segregated public schools. After earning his high school diploma, he started college at the age of
fifteen and went on to obtain his doctorate in 1955; and
     WHEREAS, During his lifetime, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., changed the course of
history. He led a nonviolent revolution that would forever change the social and political
landscape of America; and
     WHEREAS, The mirror that the Reverend Dr. King held before the national conscience
revealed the ugliness of racism and hatred that had divided America throughout its history, and
neither the carnage of civil war, nor the self-examination that Dr. King forced upon the nation,
has fully eradicated the injustices which are still prevalent to this day; and
     WHEREAS, There is no doubt that Dr. King challenged us to make real the promise of
America. When others called for blood and violence, he eloquently preached nonviolence. For
him, violence was a firestorm which must eventually consume the arsonist, and although he was a
victim of violence throughout his public career, he never gave in to the darkness cloaking this
great evil. He believed that violence did not change hearts, 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 nonviolence; and
     WHEREAS, The Reverend Dr. King also changed the course of history and inspired all
citizens to help build what he called "the beloved community," and to live up to the purpose and
potential of America. His famed "I Have a Dream" speech before the Lincoln Memorial, his
ironclad will, and the true justness of his cause forever changed and advanced freedom, equality,
opportunity, and brotherhood for all; and
     WHEREAS, This year marks the 32nd Anniversary of the nationwide observance of the
Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday, honoring one of the most influential and iconic leaders
of the civil rights movement. It is a time for the people of our state to recognize Dr. King's
teachings by embracing and promoting his tireless, undeniable efforts toward equality, and by
finding ways to give back to our communities; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives 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