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Resolution honoring Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. and recognizing his contribution to the City of Boston and to the United States of America

Docket 0537

WHEREAS: On the evening of April 9th, 1968, one of the country’s most beloved and impactful civil rights leaders, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee; and

WHEREAS: Fifty years later, the legacy of Dr. King continues to inspire people of color and all Americans, adults, children, low-income people, people of faith and all people of conscience to campaign for human dignity until such basic rights as food, water, stable housing, equality at work and home and fair access to public transportation are basic guarantees; and

WHEREAS: Dr. King was a central figure in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, the formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Council and numerous effort to fight for desegregation, voting and economic justice; and

WHEREAS: Dr. King spent years in Boston as a student at Boston University, as a preacher in Roxbury at the Twelfth Baptist Church, as a resident of the South End with his fiancé Coretta Scott; and

WHEREAS: In the days leading up to his death, Dr. King campaigned for the rights of low-income workers in Memphis and appealed to his audience to keep up the struggle until they reached the promised land of freedom and equality; and

WHEREAS: As his influence grew, Dr. King chose to take on controversial issues even when they divided his supporters, mobilizing against the Vietnam War and economic conditions that continued to oppress the vulnerable; and

WHEREAS: Faith leaders and community organizations in Massachusetts and across the country have begun a 21st century Poor People’s Campaign to combat racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation; andWHEREAS: The struggle for justice continues as new leaders walking in the footsteps of Dr. King take up the case of civil and human rights; NOW,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

That the Boston City Council recognizes the unending contributions of Dr. King and his many colleagues, whether remembered or forgotten by history, and recommits to another fifty years of progress on civil and human rights;

Filed on April 4th, 2018

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