R 034
2023 -- S 0008
Enacted 01/17/2023

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Mack, Raptakis, Lawson, DiMario, F. Lombardi, Britto, Zurier, Gu, Picard, and Acosta

Date Introduced: January 17, 2023

     WHEREAS, In the altruistic words of the esteemed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." He devoted his life to the advancement of
civil rights and social efforts that undo the systemic effects of white supremacy, and he helped to
move us closer to the ideals on which America was founded, as 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 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, This year marks the 37th 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 and the nation to recognize Dr.
King's teachings by embracing and promoting his tireless, undeniable efforts toward equality, and
by finding ways to undo systemic economic and political injustice; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island 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