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Commission declares January 17-22, 2016 as "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week"

Post Date: 
Tue, 01/12/2016 - 11:30am

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week
January 17-22, 2016

Whereas: The theme of this 30th annual celebration is “Courage and Conviction: Moving Forward in Challenging Times” and by such an event we are expressing our hopes, dreams, and beliefs and reaffirming our rights as citizens and the liberties possible in the United States; and

Whereas: We rededicate ourselves to the truths that he strove for, in this special year of commemoration,  we  thus engage in the valuable activity of reserving a day or days toward that end and we recall  the legacy that the Reverend Dr. King created; and

Whereas:   This legacy is expressed in national holidays and the building of monuments and it is remembered  in the exceptional and separate character of our values as expressed by Dr. King; and

Whereas:  In 1962 the Reverend Dr. King stated “Hating is always tragic. It is as injurious to the hater as it is to  the hated. It distorts the personality and scars the soul.” Psychiatrists, believing that many of  man’s inner conflicts are rooted in hate, are now saying “Love or perish.” And this is the beauty of  nonviolence. It says you can struggle without hating; you can fight war without violence; and

Whereas:  Douglas County-Kansas, USD#497 and the University of Kansas along with other community  institutions are all cooperating to support the activities beginning with the many choirs, solos and  instrumentals that make up the Gospel Musical at the Free Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. on  Sunday, January 17, and on Monday, January 19 with a Community Breakfast co-sponsored by  the Lawrence Jayhawk Rotary Club at Maceli’s at 7:30 a.m. Also, on Monday, January 19 the  Candlelight Vigil at 4:30 p.m. on the K.U. campus beginning at Strong Hall and Theatre Group  Performance at 5:15 p.m. at the Kansas Union and the SUA Tea @ 3 with “I Have A Dream” Speech  beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Kansas Union on the 4th floor on Thursday, January 21. Also, on the  21 at 5:30 p.m., the New York School Chili Feed, and at 6:30 p.m. the Lawrence School District  MLK Awards Event. It is the 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration and local  residents can show their commitment to continue to develop Dr. King’s vision by participating in  these events;

Now, Therefore, Douglas County-Kansas do hereby proclaim the week of January 17th through the 22nd in 2016 as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week

ADOPTED this 6th day of January, 2016