|Posted:||December 11, 2020 10:47 AM|
|From:||Representative Ed Gainey|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Martin Luther King, Jr., Week of Remembrance (Former HR 676)|
|Dr. Martin Luther King was a man of unshakeable faith and conviction who marched from protest to protest through numerous towns and cities across this country preaching a message of non-violence aimed at securing equal protection for all, regardless of race. During his brief life, Dr. King used his leadership and his eloquent voice to convey his belief that peaceful resistance could awaken the American conscious and advance the cause of civil rights and justice.
Dr. King devoted his life to fighting segregation and racial injustice by nonviolent means. He was instrumental in affecting change to public policy. As the central figure of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King’s activism and advocacy resulted in the repeal of the post-Reconstruction Era Jim Crow laws. His advocacy was instrumental to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and other anti-discrimination laws aimed at ending economic, legal, and social segregation in America. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
To this day, Dr. King remains a source of inspiration for all Americans. As a token of admiration and respect, I will be introducing a resolution recognizing the week of January 18, 2021, through January 24, 2021, as the “Martin Luther King, Jr., Week of Remembrance” in Pennsylvania. To commemorate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution.
Introduced as HR19