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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 8, 2023 04:48 PM
From: Representative G. Roni Green and Rep. Dan K. Williams, Rep. Darisha K. Parker, Rep. Napoleon J. Nelson
To: All House members
Subject: Recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a Day of Service

The late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King is deservedly understood as our nation’s pre-eminent civil rights activist and one of the social leaders in modern history. His message of equality, social justice, and nonviolence sought to secure equal protections for all in housing, working conditions, and public accommodations, regardless of race. The power of his words touched the American conscience and changed the consciousness of the United States.

Honoring the truth of his life means acknowledging his role as a faith leader, co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta Georgia. It also means acknowledging his role as a labor leader and a strong advocate for the rights of working people. Indeed, he gave his two most famous speeches, the “I Have A Dream” speech and the “Mountaintop” speech in the context of organized labor.

Knowing this, and wishing to recommit our Commonwealth to the advancement of civil rights, justice, and the cause of working people of all races, we offer this resolution together.

To commemorate and honor the legacy of the man who was Martin Luther King, Jr., we will introduce a resolution recognizing January 15th, 2024, as the “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day” and as a day of service in Pennsylvania, and it will call to all to mark this day, give back to others, and honor the causes of justice and equality before the law.

Dr. King devoted his life to fighting segregation and racial injustice by nonviolent means. He was instrumental in affecting change to public policy. 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. His personal sacrifices and efforts were awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and remain a source of inspiration for all Americans.

Please join us, members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, in this crucial and ever-timely recognition of one of the greatest Americans.

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Introduced as HR283